There is palpable tension in ABUJA as Lassa fever has been confirmed in Nasarawa State. Nasarawa, which shares boundary with ABUJA houses a large number of workers in the Federal Capital as they troop in and out everyday to make ends meet not only in private offices but also in government agencies.
The Nasarawa State Government confirmed an outbreak of Lassa fever in the state.
The state Commissioner for Health, Mr Ahmed Yahaya, said this while speaking with journalists on Monday in Lafia.
Yahaya said a patient, resident at Mararaba Gurku in Karu Local Government Area of the state, was diagnosed with the disease, adding that the case was confirmed by doctors at Garki General Hospital, Abuja.
According to him, a team of health personnel has been drafted to the area to monitor and possibly quarantine those who had contact with the patient to curtail the spread.
Yahaya said the state government has put in place mechanisms in secondary and tertiary health facilities to handle any case of an outbreak and curtail the spread of the disease in the state.
“We are aware of the outbreak and have taken measures by deploying doctors and tools to ensure we curtail further spread of the diseases,” he said.
The commissioner advised residents to ensure good environmental hygiene and keep rodents away from their food sources.
Chief Medical Director, Dalhatu Arab Specialist Hospital, Lafia, Dr Hassan Ikrama, said the hospital was prepared to curtail the spread of the disease.
Ikrama said the management had trained health personnel on how to identify and handle patients with suspected cases of the disease.
He also said an isolation centre has been provided at the hospital for patients with suspected cases of the disease.