Starting from the 1st July 2019, travellers arriving Nigeria without proof of Yellow Fever vaccination would be vaccinated with the yellow fever vaccine at points of entry and issued the Card, after payment.
The recent development introduced to forestall the importation of yellow fever into Nigeria comes as the Federal Government begins the phase out of all old versions of the Yellow card in Nigeria.
The old versions of the card will now be replaced by a new e-Yellow card version recently manufactured by the ministry.
The new card is also expected to take effect from from the 1st of July 2019.
Details if this was disclosed in a statement signed by the Director, Media and Public Relations, Federal Ministy of Health, Mrs Boade Akinola.
In the statement, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Mr. Abdulaziz Mashi Abdullahi, said the new Card has so far enhanced security features that could be verified anywhere in the world by scanning the bar code or checking the card number on the Yellow Card portal.
The introduction of the new e- Yellow Card, also known as International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP), is to address the issue of fake Yellow cards which has hitherto, constituted a source of national embarrassment.
Mr. Abdullahi said the new e- Yellow card would be the only valid documented proof of vaccination against yellow fever henceforth.
The permanent secretary while highlighting the importance of yellow fever vaccine for which the yellow card is documented, said that Yellow fever, a viral haemorrhagic fever, caused by a virus transmitted by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito is a potentially fatal illness but vaccine preventable.
He said additional measures have been adopted at points of entry for the prevention and control of yellow fever, which involves mandatory requirement of evidence of vaccination against Yellow fever on arrival in Nigeria, Mr. Abdullahi added.
He further noted that some countries also require evidence of vaccination against yellow fever as a condition for entry.
The mandatory vaccination against the disease in most countries, including Nigeria follows the endemic nature of yellow fever, which has left many travellers at risk of exposure to infection by the yellow fever virus
Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation’s (WHO), had recommended that all international travellers, nine months of age and above visiting Nigeria be vaccinated against yellow fever.