Tuesday, 17 January 2017

LASSA FEVER: NCDC Confirms 9 Deaths, 20 Cases In 7 States

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC,
has confirmed nine deaths and 20 cases of
Lassa Fever in seven states since the beginning
of the dry season in December 2016; even as it
commences implementation of its plan to
strengthen nationwide response capacity to
anticipated Lassa Fever cases.Bakare noted that Plateau State recorded three
deaths out of six confirmed cases, while Ogun
State recorded two deaths and two confirmed
cases.
He added: “In Taraba State, there was one
death out of the six confirmed cases,while
Nasarawa recorded three deaths. Other states
that have recorded one case each, without
confirmed deaths, in-clude Edo, Ondo and
Rivers.”
Meanwhile, NCDC in the last quarter of 2016
commenced implementation of its Lassa Fever
plan ahead of the current dry season with a
view to strengthening nationwide capacity to
prevent, detect and respond to the anticipated
cases.
The deaths in Nasarawa, last week, occurred in
Keffi and Lafia Local Government areas, barely
one year after two persons died at the State
Specialist Hospital in Lafia, including the
medical doctor that was treating the patients.
Vanguard gathered that two persons reportedly
died at the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital in
Lafia, while the other patient, who was earlier
referred to Federal Medical Centre in Keffi, also
died in the course of treatment.
The Chief Medical Director of Dalhatu Araf
Specialist Hospital, Dr. Ahmed Ashuku, also
confirmed two new cases in an interview
monitored on the state-owned radio station in
Lafia.
He said the management of the hospital had
engaged medical personnel on a one-day
awareness campaign on the need to prevent
further transmission of the disease .
Bakare, in the statement, further explained that
NCDC is working with affected states to ensure
an appropriate response to these cases.