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Kano adopts measures to control Lassa fever

14 January 2016, 09:16Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Kano State Government has constituted a 22- member task force on Lassa Fever Response following a deadly outbreak in the region.

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 foods.

Ganduje stressed the need for families to properly dispose food remnants and  ensure that their kitchen utensils were always kept clean.

Also Read:Health workers run from suspected Lassa fever patient

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 facility.

“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.

Also Read: Senate summons health minister over Lassa outbreak

The ailment can be spread from person to person through direct contact.

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


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