Lassa Fever: Two die in Gombe as State record 5 cases

Seven suspected cases of Lassa fever have been recorded in Gombe State.

The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Ahmed Gana, who disclosed this in Gombe on Tuesday said out of the seven suspected cases, two were confirmed, with one of the confirmed cases dead and the other treated and discharged.

Gana also disclosed that one out of the five suspects cases died while awaiting laboratory confirmation and the remaining four were undergoing treatment at the isolated ward of the Federal Teaching Hospital, Gombe.

According to him, the first confirmed case was from Ibbi Local Government Area of Taraba which was presented at the Teaching Hospital Gombe, where he was diagnosed of Lassa fever and he was treated and discharged.

He added that the second case was brought unconscious from Bayo council area in Borno and he died while awaiting the result of confirmation.

Gana further said Gov. Inuwa Yahaya, has approved the procurement of additional healthcare materials for effective prevention and management of the outbreak in the state.

The arrangement includes free treatment and feeding of suspected persons as well as persons with confirmed cases.

He, therefore, called on the public to ensure they take preventive measures including storing of food in protective covers, personal hygiene and environmental sanitation, as well as report any suspected cases to the nearest hospital.


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