Lassa fever breaks in Western Nigeria

The Kwara State Government recently confirmed the cases of Lassa Fever infecting a husband and wife in the state.

The news was confirmed by the state Commissioner for Health, Alhaji Usman Rifun-Kolo, he said the outbreak of Lassa Fever was identified in a farm settlement in Taberu, Baruten Local Government Area.

He noted that the victim was a two years old girl with a symptom of Acute Flaccid Paralysis adding that the World Health Organisation confirmed the case.

He, however, stated that the victim died of the disease and that contact case was carried out by the government to collect samples from other children in the Fulani settlement.

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The state’s commissioner for health disclosed that the settlers proved difficult and uncooperative and that it took the intervention of the Emir of Okuta to persuade the Fulani settlers on the need to take samples from their children.

According to him, the governor has already approved a budget to commence measures to curb the outbreak of these diseases.

“We will commence immunisation of children in Baruten and other neighbouring communities,” he said.

Rifun-Kolo also disclosed that a Yellow Fever case has also been confirmed in Agunji in Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara.

According to him, the patient is a farmer from Kebbi State, residence in Agunji District.

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He noted that the state Ministry of Health is already in touch with the traditional leaders to brief them on the outbreak of the disease.

The commissioner added that samples have also been taken from residence to confirm if they had earlier taken the Yellow Fever immunisation that took place in 2018.

“The results showed only 25 per cent of people in that community were vaccinated for Yellow Fever,” said the Commissioner.

He pointed out that the patient is responding to treatment, though not fully recovered, and that health workers will commence vaccination exercise, while urging people to comply with the exercise.

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Source: (NAN)


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