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Lassa Fever: Kwara Begins Border Screening as Osun, Kaduna, Nasarawa Review Cases
Date Posted: 28/Jan/2020
Kwara State has directed screening of people,entering the state from land and air borders to prevent the spread of Lasssa fever to its territory. Commissioner for Health Dr. Raji Razak  said  the state government had completed the construction of its  the Lassa fever treatment isolation centre at the Sobi Specialist hospital, Ilorin. He, however, said the state had  no recorded case of the virus.
 
He added that the state had completed  an  isolation centre in the state,  the third if its kind in the country. He said that Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq has liaised with the airport and border authorities on the issue of screening and surveillance of visitors to the state.
 
He added that health officers had also been advised to adhere strictly to standard precautions while providing care. The commissioner said that the state had resucitated its epidemic preparedness and response committee; rapid response team and incident command system also activated at the state emergency operation centre to coordinate preparedness activities in the state, using national algorithm.
 
“The state had a dedicated budget line for the disease surveillance (Lassa fever and other epidemic prone diseases), risk communication/public awareness and other preparedness/response activities.
 
“Availability of surveillance focal person at health facilities (both public and private) for reporting of cases to respective surveillance officers at various LGAs at state level. State will intensify risk communication activities and shall promote and ensure safe and dignify burial practices for patients who die from Lassa fever”, he said.
 
The commissioner assured residents, urging them not panic but go about their normal business activities.
 
Kaduna
 
In Kaduna State, the  Commissioner for Health, Dr Amina Baloni,  said a man who was diagnosed with  the virus in the state died  at the weekend. Assuring the residents that  there was no longer any active case of Lassa fever in the state,
 
Baloni said the victim had since being buried by the   government. She explained that out of the remaining 11 suspected cases, seven had been confirmed negative. She said: “We lost the only person confirmed and has since been buried by the state government. The other 11 suspected cases, seven of them tested negative.
 
“We are waiting for the results of the remaining four cases. We are monitoring the contacts of the person that died but we have everything under control.” The commissioner  also debunked the rumour that Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital had been closed due to the  Lassa Fever outbreak in the state.
 
In Osogbo, the  Osun State  Government confirmed two cases of Lassa fever on Monday. The Commissioner for Health, Dr Rafiu Isamotu,   made this known   at a news conference also attended by Dr Olasiji Olamiju, the Special Adviser to Gov. Gboyega Oyetola on Public Health.
 
Isamotu said the two affected victims were currently on admission at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital (OAUTH), Ile-Ife and its annex in Wesley Guild Hospital, Ilesa.
 
He said the state government had    sent drugs to the victims for their treatment, adding that other samples proved negative. Isamotu said that two isolation centres had been set up in the state for those who might be tested positive to the virus.
 
Also, Olamiju, who said that there was no truth in  reports that one of the victims had ran away from the hospital,   appealed to residents of the state to keep clean environment and  ensure that they kept  their homes free from rats.
 
While appealing to people of the state not to panic, Olamiju noted that the virus was common during the dry season. He said due to the high temperature, rats, which are the major causes of Lassa fever, always looked for a cooler environment to hide.
 
Olamiju urged the public to report any suspected cases of the virus to the health officials through the following
 
lines:08187187678, 08173112320 and 8056456250.
 
Adamawa
 
In Yola, Adamawa State, the Director, Public Health, Dr Bwalki Dilli,  said . four suspected cases of Lassa fever in the state  are still under diagnosis. He said: “The patients were admitted at the state treatment centre located at Federal Medical Centre, Yola,  their  samples  had been taken and referred to the laboratory in Abuja, for diagnosis.
 
“When the final  result is out we would inform the general public about the situation,”
 
Nasarawa
 
Nasarawa State Commissioner for Health, Ahmed Yahaya,    said in Lafia that a patient in  Mararaba Gurku in Karu Local Government Area (LGA) was diagnosed with the disease   at Garki General Hospital, Abuja.
 
According to him, a team of health personnel had been drafted to the area to monitor and possibly quarantine those who had contact with the patient..
 
Yahaya said that the state government has put in place, mechanism in secondary and tertiary health facilities to handle any case of outbreak and curtail spread of the disease in the state. “We are aware of the outbreak and have taken measures by deploying doctors and tools to ensure we curtail further spread of the diseases,” he said.

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