Lassa Fever: Kogi govt confirms four cases, two deaths

May 23, 2019
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The Kogi State Government has confirmed four cases of Lassa fever in the 2019 outbreak of the disease in the state.

The state Commissioner for Health, Saka Audu, disclosed this at a joint news conference on Thursday in Lokoja on “Flood, Lassa and other Epidemic Prone Diseases”.

The briefing was organised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in collaboration with the state ministry of health and other related ministries on public health.

Represented by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Health Matters, Ahmed Attah, Mr Audu said 10 suspected cases of Lassa fever were reported out of which four were positive.

He confirmed that two deaths were recorded among the four positive cases, while the other two were successfully treated.

He added that three of the four confirmed cases were from Ibaji Local Government Area while one case was recorded in Ijumu Local Government Area of the state.

The commissioner, therefore, advised residents to adopt all the necessary precautions to prevent the outbreak of epidemic prone diseases in the state.

Earlier, the state Director of Public Health, Frances Akpa, said the essence of the briefing was to bridge the information gap between the technical people and the entire society.

According to Mrs Akpa, lots of activities had happened in the area of control of flood, Lassa fever and epidemic prone diseases, but there had been no forum to provide update to the society.

He restated that the briefing was an avenue to get the information across to the grassroots in controlling flood, Lassa fever and other epidemic prone diseases.

The State Epidemiologist, Austin Ojotule, who doubles as representative of WHO, said the unit had performed well in ensuring the prevention of epidemic prone diseases within the state.

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