Lassa Fever: Kwara begins border screening as Osun, Kaduna, Nasarawa review cases

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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.

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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 syst

 

 

em also activated at the state emergency operation centre to coordinate preparedness activities in the state, using national algorithm.

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The commissioner assured residents, urging them not panic but go about their normal business activities.

 

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.

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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.

 

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.

 

 

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