The Kaduna State government has confirmed a case of Lassa fever in Chukun local government area of the state.
The confirmation was made by the State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Amina Mohammed-Baloni on Saturday.
Dr. Mohammed-Baloni in a statement said a 35-year-old male patient is being treated at the designated Infectious Disease Control Centre in the state capital.
The statement read in part:
“The epidemiology unit is monitoring the situation closely, and all health facilities are on alert for prompt referral of suspected cases,’’
“We wish to appeal to members of the public to maintain the highest standards of personal hygiene, keep food in proper storage and to remain vigilant to report suspected cases to the relevant authorities.
“Suspected cases should be reported to the State Epidemiology unit on 08036045755 or 08027396344 or contact the nearest Local Government Health Authority official,’’ Dr Mohammed-Baloni added.
“Let us all work together to keep our state safe and make early reports to enable prompt treatment for patients who contact this highly infectious disease,’’ the commissioner appealed.
The commissioner assured that the Ministry of Health has been well equipped to manage any cases that may arise.
He also appeal to the public to maintain the highest standard of individual hygiene and to report any suspected cases promptly to the nearest health facility.