Lassa fever: Borno govt. confirms one dead, investigates suspected cases

Lassa fever
Lassa fever

Borno State Government has confirmed one person dead of Lassa fever infection at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH).

The Commissioner of Health, Salisu Kwayabura, confirmed the outbreak at a press conference on Thursday in Maiduguri.

Mr Kwayabura disclosed that the 23-year-old patient died on January 18, while on admission at the hospital and added that three unconfirmed cases were currently undergoing clinical analysis.

He explained that the deceased was certified to have died of the disease after samples collected established infection of Lassa fever.

He said the deceased resided at the Bolori area of Maiduguri before his death.

Mr Kwayabura noted that the press conference was aimed at creating awareness in the society on the manifestation of the disease in the state.

READ ALSO: Court orders Kwara govt to halt demolition of Saraki’s property

“However, I call for calm, people should exhibit best sanitation practices and high level of responsibility with regard to the maintenance of good hygiene.

“A hospital is designated at Jajeri, Bolori Ward II of the metropolis, as an isolation centre for suspected cases while a mobile phone number made available for prompt report of suspected cases,” he said.

While urging the people to be vigilant and report suspected cases to the ministry, Mr Kwayabura reiterated government’s commitment to contain the scourge.

(NAN)


Advertisement

PT Mag Campaign AD

Support PREMIUM TIMES' journalism of integrity and credibility

Good journalism costs a lot of money. Yet only good journalism can ensure the possibility of a good society, an accountable democracy, and a transparent government.

For continued free access to the best investigative journalism in the country we ask you to consider making a modest support to this noble endeavour.

By contributing to PREMIUM TIMES, you are helping to sustain a journalism of relevance and ensuring it remains free and available to all.

Donate


TEXT AD: To advertise here . Call Willie +2347088095401...



BE THE FIRST TO KNOW! Subscribe to our newsletter

* indicates required

DOWNLOAD THE PREMIUM TIMES MOBILE APP

Now available on

  Premium Times Android mobile applicationPremium Times iOS mobile applicationPremium Times blackberry mobile applicationPremium Times windows mobile application

All rights reserved. This material and any other material on this platform may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, written or distributed in full or in part, without written permission from PREMIUM TIMES.