Metro High Alert on Lassa Fever As Govt Confirms 41 Deaths, 93 New Cases

The Federal Government has disclosed that Lassa fever has claimed 41 lives from 93 reported cases in 10 states of the country even as the Senate has summoned the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, over the outbreak of the disease.

With the official records, the Federal Government has also announced plans to set up an inter-ministerial committee from which ideas would come, as in the case of EVD, that would “deliver a final blow on Lassa fever and other related diseases”, Guardian reports.

The committee is to be made up of the ministers of Education, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Environment, Information and Culture as well as Health. The government has in the meantime activated the National Emergency Operation Centre and dispatched surveillance officers to states.


In a related development, the Lagos State government yesterday said that no fewer than 10 persons were under close monitoring for Lassa fever.

One of the persons is a primary contact of the confirmed Lassa case in Rivers State, who resides in Lagos and is currently being monitored along with her secondary contacts.

Others are health workers and relatives of three suspected cases who died at General Hospital Mushin; Alafia Tayo Maternity Home, Mushin and 18 Oloje Street, Papa Ajao, Mushin, all of whom are currently being traced by the health ministry and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

- Guardian
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