From Adamu Shehu Imam, Bauchi
Three confirmed positive and twelve under surveillance as Bauchi State record Lassa fever, Info Daily reports.
Executive Secretary, Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Rilwanu Muhammed, disclosed this while briefing newsmen in Bauchi, the state capital.
Accroding to the Executive Secretary, the recent outbreak affected Toro, Tafawa Balewa, Bauchi, Bogoro and Dass local government areas, adding that the agency had spent a lot of resources on surveillance to investigate the disease.
While noting that Toro LGA is the most prevalent in the state, He explained that the agency had already worked out plans to prevent mortality rate of the disease through preventive dialysis.
“We have sent a memo to the state governor for a dialysis machine to be used on the patients because all the confirmed cases have renal failure. We also booked 10 units of blood at the specialist hospital Bauchi for an emergency cases”, he added.
He disclosed that Doctors are currently afraid of contacts with patients with all forms of fever in the state, a situation that prompted stakeholders meeting to tackle the issue through the universal safety practice.
The Executive Secretary lamented that the ugly practice of some young adults in some parts of the state hunting rats and selling to the public at rate of N100 in Alkaleri LGA must have resulted in the outbreak.
He called on parents and guardian to prevail on their children, subjects against the hunting and selling of rats so as to complement government efforts in addressing the menace.
He, however, assured that the Federal Government has donated drugs and protective equipment to the state.
“Last week the Federal Government donated drugs and Personal Protective Equipments (PPE) used by medical personnel for the treatment of suspected and confirmed cases of Lassa fever in the state,” he added.