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Kaduna Gov’t orders prompt investigation over Lassa Fever outbreak

by Haruna Gimba

By Muhammad Amaan

The Kaduna State Government has directed for the immediately investigation to ascertain the suspected outbreak of Viral Haemorrhagic fever popularly suspected to Lassa Fever at the 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital in Kaduna.

A statement by Muhammad Shehu, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Uba Sani of Kaduna State, said the government has directed the immediate investigation to ascertain situation at the health facility.

According to him, Governor Uba Sani has directed the Ministry of Health to immediately investigate and ascertain the situation at the health facility.

He said “consequently, a surveillance team was promptly mobilised to assess the situation and containment measures initiated alongside the hospital management.

“Currently, four deaths have been recorded within the hospital premises, while three other patients with similar symptoms are being managed.

“The Kaduna State Ministry of Health and management of the hospital are working assiduously to contain the situation, those who came into contact with those infected identified and closely monitored and provided urgent medical treatment.

“Samples have been carefully collected from contacts and sent for confirmation to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) laboratory and are closely being followed up.

“Additionally, all Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) measures have been instituted at the facility, while it remains closed to the public, until full containment has been achieved.”

With symptoms such as fever, general body weakness and after a few days, headache, sore throat, muscle pain, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, cough, and abdominal pain, the public has been urged to maintain proper food and environmental hygiene, vigilant and report suspected cases to the nearest health facility.

The ministry of health has further been directed to enhance surveillance, in collaboration with local government health departments.

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