Governor Bala Mohammad of Bauchi State has revealed plans to establish three isolation centres in three selected hospitals to manage and control the spread of Lassa fever in the state.
Mohammed disclosed this in Bauchi on Wednesday when the officials of Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) paid him a courtesy visit.
The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Alhaji Baba Tela, said that already the state government has taken proactive measures against the spread of the disease in the state through the set up of an emergency outbreak basket fund.
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“We are delighted to receive you today in the Government House to condole us over the outbreak of Lassa fever that resulted in the death of a District Head and others.
“We are aware of the measures taken by the NCDC to stop the spread of the disease not only in Bauchi state, but across the country and we will give you our support to achieve the set objectives.
“On our part, we are going to establish three isolation centres in three selected hospitals in the state; the essence is to manage and control the spread of Lassa fever in the State.
He, therefore, commended stakeholders in the health sector for their concerted efforts in tackling the outbreak of communicable diseases in the state, adding that they were up to the task in the fight against outbreak of diseases.
Earlier speaking, the leader of the delegation, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, the Director General, NCDC, said the visit was to condole the government and people of the state over the death of the District Head and others who lost their lives as a result of Lassa fever disease.
Represented by Alhaji Yakubu Abdullahi, the Director Administration and Human Resources NCDC, Ihekweazu, stressed the need for the state government to embark on a massive awareness campaign as a preventive mechanism against being infected with the disease.
“Bauchi is an endemic state as far as Lassa fever disease is concerned; we have learned a lot with the death of the District Head and we are planning to monitor his family for 21 days to assess the situation.
“From all indications, Bauchi state government is ready to fight the scourge of the disease, so we will support you in the establishment of the isolation centers in the state.” he said.