Lassa fever update: Taraba State Government allays citizens’ fear, equips patients and personnel with drugs.



As the dread of the Lassa Virus continued to spread in Taraba State, and other parts of the country, the state government has risen to the challenge by deploying health workers across the state to sensitise citizens on symptoms and preventive measures of the Lassa fever.

Assuring citizens of government intervention on Wednesday, as televised on Channels TV News@ Noon, the Taraba State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Innocent Vakkai, said the government has purchased drugs for treatment of patients and protective equipment for medical personnel on.

Dr. Vakkai, who was on a visit to the Federal Medical Centre in Jalingo, Taraba State capital, where he was taken round the wards by the Medical Directors to see the facility on ground and how the hospital is handling the patients, pending the outcome of blood samples taken for clarification, asked members of the public not to panic, as the state government had responded swiftly to tackling the disease with the provision of drugs and equipment for medical personnel.

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A Medical Director at the Federal Medical Centre, Wiza Inusa, told reporters that it has not been ascertained if the affected patients are suffering from Lassa fever since blood samples have been taken to a specialist hospital for further confirmation.

The medical personnel however cautioned citizens on the need to step up their hygienic principles as well as keeping food stuffs from rodents, while they await the result of the blood samples taken for verification, at Irrua Specialists’ Hospital in Edo State for further confirmation.

It was earlier reported that one person has died of the fever in the state while two others infected persons have been quarantined


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