Lassa fever: FG activates National Emergency Operations
In other to tackle the rising cases of Lassa fever in some parts of the country, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), on Saturday, announced that it had activated a National Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) to coordinate response activities on Lassa fever.
Members of the EOC, according to (NCDC), would include representatives from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Ministry of Environment, World Health Organization, UNICEF, US Centers for Disease Control, and other partners.
Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, NCDC DG, in a statement, said as at 24th of January, 195 confirmed cases and 29 deaths had been reported in 11 states. Of the confirmed cases, 89% are from Ondo, Edo and Ebonyi States.
“Over the last three weeks, NCDC has deployed Rapid Response Teams to support five of the affected states”, the agency said.
“In addition, NCDC has rapidly increased risk communications and community engagement activities to ensure that Nigerians are aware of the risks of Lassa fever and measures to protect themselves.
“There has been a decline in the case fatality rate of reported Lassa fever cases from 23.4% in 2019 to 14.8% this year. NCDC continues to support treatment centres across states in the country to effectively manage Lassa fever cases.
“In addition, five laboratories in Nigeria have the capacity to diagnose Lassa fever in Nigeria. These laboratories are critical to reducing turnaround time between identifying a suspected case and confirmation.
“NCDC and the three main treatment centres in the country – Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Federal Medical Centre Owo and Alex Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospital Abakalilki – are set to commence Lassa fever epidemiological studies that will provide data to guide research and response activities.”
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