Lassa Fever: 10 persons quarantine in Plateau state

Not fewer than 10 persons have been quarantined with suspected case of lassa fever disease at the old Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) in Jos, the Plateau state capital.

The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Kuden Kamshak announced the resurfacing of the disease during the government’s monthly Press briefing to update citizens on the state of government’s activities and projects carried out by the Gov. Simon Lalong led Administration held at the Joseph Gomwalk State Secretariat in Jos.

According to the Honorable Commissioner for health, “We have screened 7 persons with suspected cases of Lassa fever and 2 were positive, among them is a student of University of Jos who has been discharged already, but the other one a Fulani lady from Riyom Local Government area of the state is receiving treatment at JUTH. This week, we recorded another 3 suspected cases bringing the total number to 10. Samples have been taken for screening” he said.

Dr. Kuden maintained that at the moment the Ministry has placed surveillance on some family members of the suspected persons to avoid further spreading of the disease in the State and the Country at large.

Responding to questions from Journalist on measures put in place to curtailed the outbreak of any other disease like polio as recorded in the Northeastern state of Borno, the Commissioner said a routine immunization is been carried out on a daily bases not monthly again in the state. He further said the Ministry has recently received a donation of Solar panels from the European Union (EU) which help in providing light for the preservation of vaccines in rural areas.

Plateau State has been free from polio since 2009, still the commissioner appealed to citizens to keep the culture of hygiene in their homes and work places to curtail the outbreak saying parent should take their wards for immunization as measures in preventing any case of polio in the state.

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