Lassa fever: Yobe takes Lassa fever awareness to grassroots

Yobe state government through ministries of health, information and local government and chieftaincy affairs have commenced the sensitisation of stakeholders to prevent the outbreak of Lassa fever virus in the state.

The state governor, Mai Mala Buni, represented by his commissioner of Information, Abdullahi Bego disclosed that “Yobe state is yet to record any outbreak of the disease after it’s resurgence 2 months ago but however has put in place some measures in case of any eventuality”.

Dr. Mohammed Ishiaku of the Ministry of Health made a presentation under the title “Overview of Lassa Fever, Updates and Situation” while Umar Yerima of the primary healthcare management board spoke on “Prevention, Control and Measures Against Lassa Fever”.

Blueprint gathered the sensitisation will be taken across the 178 political wards of the state in conjunction with the traditional leaders of the 13 emirate councils of the state.

The World Health Organisation has reported that from January 1, through February 9, 2020, 1,708 suspected cases were reported so far, of these 472 have been confirmed with 70 deaths in 26 out of 36 Nigerian states and the Federal Capital Territory.

The orientation meeting which took placed at GAAT Hotel in Damaturu had in attendance local government personnel, primary healthcare coordinators, diseases control officers, healthcare educators, local government Information officers, among others.

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