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Kano records 3 cases of Lassa fever – Dr Getso

by Muhammad Sani

By Haruna Gimba

Kano State Commissioner for Health, Dr Kabir Ibrahim Getso, said the state had recorded three confirmed cases of Lassa fever since the outbreak of the disease in December, 2015.

Dr. Getso told newsmen in Kano that two of the confirmed cases who died at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH) on December 2, 2015, were recorded in Garun Malam Local Government Area of the state.

The commissioner said the third confirmed case, a young businessman from Dawakin Kudu Local Government Area, came to Kano from Benue state last week and all people he had contacts with were identified and followed up.

According to him, more than 70 per cent of them have either completed their 21 days follow up or tested negative.

He, however, said that another two suspected cases were currently on admission at the designated isolation and treatment centre at Yar’gaya Hospital, adding that his ministry had taken several control measures to check the outbreak of the disease.

“The measures include the setting up of rapid response team, establishment of the Lassa fever Emergency Operation Centre and the setting up of the State Committee on the Control of Lassa fever,” he said.

Ibrahim Getso said the state government had provided personal protective kits and other logistics in the isolation centre for the management and control of the disease.

The commissioner commended the World Health Organisation (WHO)for donating some materials for the treatment of the disease.

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