Lassa Fever: Observe strict personal hygiene, Kaduna govt warns citizens 

… records 23 cases, isolates 40 persons

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By Anthony Okafor
Kaduna State Ministry for Health has reassured the public that the outbreak of  Lassa Fever in the country is under control in the state but people should nonetheless observe strict personal hygiene in order to avoid contracting the disease.
According to a statement made available to iBrandTV, the Commissioner for Health, Dr Amina Mohammed-Baloni, stated that Kaduna state has recorded a total of 23 cases so far, 15 test results have come back negative but one new case has been confirmed and six test samples are also pending.
‘’The new confirmed case is a 34 year old  male from Kajuru Local Government Area  and he  is being managed at the IDCC. This brings the number of confirmed cases to two  in Kaduna State, as the first victim has died last Sunday and has since been buried.
“A total number of 40 people who had been in contact with the cases are being monitored and none has  shown any symptoms. However,  contact listing and follow-up as well as  active case search are ongoing.’
‘’The general public is advised to continue to maintain a high level of personal hygiene and environmental sanitation and ensure that all cases of fevers are tested for malaria before treatment,’’ she added.
“Kaduna State Government is complying with the  recent advisory on the Corona Virus Disease issued by the Minister of Health, Mr. Osagie Ehanire.”
Specifically, the minister advised  that Nigerians should limit non- essential travel to China, while those arriving from such countries with no visible symptoms are to self-isolate for two weeks after their arrival.
“In addition, arriving travellers also have a duty to report any incidents of passengers falling sick during flights.
‘’Symptoms of Coronavirus disease are sneezing, coughing and difficulties in breathing. People are advised to report to the nearest health facility if any of these symptoms are noticed immediately, ” she said.
“The general public to wash hands regularly with soap under running water, cover the mouth and nose properly with handkerchief and tissue paper  when sneezing or cough into the elbow where handkerchief is not available.
‘’Other protective measures are,  avoiding  self-medication and report to the nearest health facility when experiencing any of the mentioned symptoms. Health workers are also to observe standard infection prevention and control measures while attending to patients. They should also endeavor to  take their travel history,’’ the minister added.

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