From Austin Ajayi, Yola
Unlike its neighbours, the Adamawa State government has said that no case of Lassa fever had been recorded in the state.
The clarification was prompted by reports of the disease outbreak in some neighbouring states.
The Information Officer of the Ministry of Health, Mr. Abubakar Muhammed, said on Wednesday that “there is no reported case of the disease in the state.”
Muhammed told journalists in Yola, the state capital that the government had established 21 quick response units and had also intensified surveillance, especially on border communities.
According to him, “in Adamawa, so far, we don’t have a report of any case of Lassa fever. Our quick response teams have been reinforced and upgraded to fully respond to any type of disease outbreak.’’
He explained that the state government in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO) had sensitised health workers in the state on how to tackle any reported case of any killer disease.
Muhammed urged the people to be vigilant and report any suspicious sign and symptoms of the disease, which include high fever, weakness and sore throat, among others to the appropriate authorities.