Lassa Fever Kills Eight In Plateau, 40 More Cases Recorded

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Dr Kuden Kamshak, the commissioner of health in Plateau State, has confirmed that eight persons have killed by Lassa Fever, with 40 more cases recorded across the state.

Kamshak made the disclosure on Thursday, during the Agenda for Social Behavioural Communication Committee (SBCC), review meeting in Jos.

He described the situation as “worrisome”, and said government was working round the clock to curb the spread of the disease.

The commissioner, who was represented Michael Pam, Director of the ministry’s Public Health Department, stated that health officers had been deployed to various areas in the state to curtail the situation, to save lives.

He warned members of the public against the danger of rodents and cautioned against “indiscriminate handshakes”.

Earlier, January Bello, Risk Communicator, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), had said that the disease was as deadly as Ebola.
“Lassa Fever is as deadly as Ebola. It is very devastating,” she said.

She advised members of the public to inculcate the habit of personal and environmental hygiene to avaoid contact with the disease.

Bello added that there were only four Lassa laboratory centres in Nigeria, while only two hospitals; Bingham University Teaching Hospital and Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) can treat the disease.

According to her, the laboratory centres are located in Edo, Lagos, Kaduna States, and the FCT, Abuja.

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