Lassa Fever Outbreak Under Control, Says Niger Govt
By Joyce Simon, Minna
Against fears of spread of disease suspected to be Lassa fever, Niger State government has advised citizens on the need not to panic over the reported outbreak as the administration is working hard to ensure the disease is contained.
The state government’s call for calm is coming against the backdrop of fears expressed by residents over ailment suspected to be Lassa fever, which has so far claimed no fewer than five lives in parts of the state.
Niger State Commissioner for Health and Hospital Services, Dr. Mustapha Jibril, gave the assurance of pro-active measures being put in place by the state government in a statement in Minna.
Part of measures being explored is that blood samples of those suspected to have been infected by the disease had been taken for laboratory tests at the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control in Abuja and Lagos, respectively.
“I wish to allay the fears of our people on the reported case of breakout of Lassa Fever in three communities in Fuka ward of Muyan Local Government area of the state. The state government has taken steps towards containing the disease and possible spread”.
According to the commissioner, “The Ministry of Health and Health Services has swung into action in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health, World Health Organisation (WHO) and the local government to bring the situation under control”.
The ministry has also strengthened monitoring and surveillance among the affected communities in Fuka ward of Munya Local Government Area of the state and therefore called on members of the public to come up with useful information of anyone suspected of being infected by the disease or deaths to the nearest health facilities.