Abuja - The Kano State Government has constituted
a 22- member task force on Lassa Fever Response following a deadly outbreak in
The development is in response to the reported death of
two people in Kano and scores others in 11 states across the country.
Kano Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, warned that because
the disease was spread by rodents as a result of poor hygienic practices, it
had become imperative for residents to pay more attention to personal hygiene
and environmental sanitation.
He advised citizens not to allow rodents to feed on their
Ganduje stressed the need for families to properly
dispose food remnants and ensure that
their kitchen utensils were always kept clean.
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The governor also urged the people to be on the watch for
symptoms of the disease and report any suspected case to the nearest health
“The government will place emphasis on advocacy and
public enlightenment to ensure that
Lassa fever no longer occurs in the state,” Ganduje said.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr Kabir Ibrahim Getso,
said the two patients who died in the state as a result of the Lass
epidemic were officially recorded in
November and died in December.
He explained the Lassa virus was carried by rats and
spread to humans.
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The ailment can be spread from person to person through
Getso said his ministry had designated a health facility
at Yargaya to handle Lassa Fever cases.
The commissioner added that the state government had also
set aside a hotlines to track the
diseases, engaged in aggressive contact tracing
of the deceased victims.
Government has also embarked on public awareness
campaigns through radio.
- CAJ News