Lassa Fever: 3 die, 292 under watch list in Kano

From Maduabuchi Nmeribeh, Kano

Kano state Commissioner of Health, Dr. Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa on Wednesday confirmed the outbreak of Lassa Fever in the state, with three dead and 292 under watch list.

The AUTHORITY reports that the death of two Doctors and a pregnant woman at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital were speculated to have been caused by Lassa Fever.

The Kano Health Commissioner, however, confirmed that the three people actually died of Lassa Fever.

According to him, currently a total of 292 persons who had contact with the said victims are already on watch list.

He added that Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has provided all necessary logistics to take care of any patient of the deadly disease, adding that the Isolation Centre at Yargawa village in Dawankin Kudu Local Government Area have been re-activated.

According to him, the first case was a 28 year old pregnant woman from Gwale LGA who fell sick two weeks after the death of her mother and was referred to Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital from a private hospital but also passed away on the 1st of January, 2020.

He said following the report of the outbreak, and confirmation of samples, the state government swung into action so as to expeditiously curtail the spread of the viral disease to this end, the state’s isolation center at Year Gaya has been activated.

He mentioned other measures to be taken to include activation of rapid response team, prepositioning of drugs and other consumables, contact tracing as well as daily coordination meeting at the state’s emergency operation center amongst other.

Tsanyawa, however, urged the general public to disregard any mere allegation and rumors and ensure proper hand hygiene, strengthen environmental sanitation, avoid contact with wild animals and rodents.

He also advised people to avoid poorly cooked meat, avoid contact with suspected or confirmed cases or items soiled by them and urge the public to report any suspected case to the nearest health facility nearest to them.

Ibrahim, further reiterated the state government’s readiness to partner with all persons, group and organizations in it’d determination towards providing quality healthcare service for the good people of the state.

He commended Governor Ganduje for his relentless and tireless efforts towards improving the health and well-being of the people of the state stressing that, all is under control and no need for panicking.

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