Daily Trust (Abuja)

6 February 2013

Nigeria: FG Donates Drugs to Tackle Lassa Fever in Nasarawa

Photo: Radio Okapi/ Ph. John Bompengo
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Kano/Kaduna/Bauchi/Lafia/Abuja — The Federal Government on Monday donated drugs to the Nasarawa State government to contain the outbreak of Lassa fever in the state.

Our correspondent reports that the disease started at Tudun Gwandara, an over-populated settlement, and one of the dirtiest sections of the Lafia metropolis, about three weeks ago. Daily Trust gathered that the first victim died within the first week of the outbreak.

The donation was received by the Permanent Secretary of the state's Ministry of Health, Suleiman Muhammadu.

The donors said the gesture was to provide back up support and to strengthen surveillance in order to avoid further loss of lives.

"We are here to support diagnosis treatment, and identify Lassa fever percussion measures that will be taken and to sanitize health workers across the state", Dr. Asogun said.

Dr. Lima Muhammed, a physician with the Dalhatu Specialist Hospital (DASH) who was part of the state government team that received the donation, informed the visitors that there were five suspected cases of Lassa fever in the state, and that out of the number, three have died, while two are currently receiving treatment in hospital.

Responding on behalf of the state government, the permanent secretary thanked the Federal Government for its support, adding that the state government has already given approval for the renovation of one of the hospitals to serve as an isolation camp for affected persons.

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