Lassa Fever: Plateau Confirms 5 Fresh Cases



Plateau State Commissioner for Health, Dr.Kuden Kamshak, has confirmed the detection of five cases of Lassa fever in Jos. He however added that the patients are responding to treatment.

According to the commissioner, Plateau State had been identified as one of the hotbed of the ailment due to its proximity to most of the Lassa fever endemic states, hence, the need for citizens to maintain a clean and healthy environment.

He further stated that health officers had been sent to rural communities to sensitise them on the dangers of the disease and the symptoms to look out for

Following the death of a resident doctor at the Maxilo facial Surgery Department at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex, Ile Ife, the Osun State government has also placed 55 persons under surveillance in the state.

The Permanent Secretary, Osun State Ministry of Health, Dr.Temitope Oladele, while briefing journalists in his office on Thursday said that the state had created emergency centres to ensure that the disease was contained.

He said no other case had been found anywhere in the state apart from this index case which according to him was imported from a neighbouring state he declined to mention.

The state has dedicated lines of those in the emergency centres, the numbers are 08032394921; 08062473160: 08035620234 and 08034175852.




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