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Kaduna Governor, Sani Orders Investigation of Suspected Lassa Fever

by Silverbird News24

Governor Uba Sani of Kaduna has directed the state Ministry of Health to investigate the suspected outbreak of the Viral Hemorrhagic Fever popularly known as “Lassa Fever” at the 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital located in the capital city of Kaduna.

Meanwhile a surveillance team was promptly mobilized to assess the situation and containment measures were initiated alongside the hospital management.

Lassa Fever generally infects victims with the following symptoms – fever, general body weakness and after a few days, headache, sore throat, muscle pain, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, cough, and abdominal pain may follow.

Currently, four deaths have been recorded all within the hospital premises while three other patients with similar symptoms are currently being managed.

The Kaduna State Ministry of Health and management of 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital, are working assiduously to contain the situation as all those who came in contact with those infected have been identified and are closely being monitored while receiving urgent medical treatment.

Furthermore, samples have been carefully collected from contacts and sent for confirmation to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control laboratory and are closely being followed up.

Additionally, all Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) measures have been instituted at the facility while it remains closed to the public,until full containment has been achieved.

Members of the public are hereby advised to maintain proper food and environmental hygiene as they remain hyper vigilant to immediately report any suspected cases of Lassa Fever to the nearest health facility.
Kaduna State Ministry of Health has further been directed to enhance surveillance across the state in collaboration with local government health departments.

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