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Health ministry cautions Nasarawa citizens against Lassa fever, measles

By Abel Abogonye, Lafia
12 December 2021   |   4:04 am
Nasarawa state Ministry of Health has warned that there is an outbreak of Lassa fever, measles and other communicable diseases ravaging the state.

Nasarawa state Ministry of Health has warned that there is an outbreak of Lassa fever, measles and other communicable diseases ravaging the state.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Janet Angbazo, made this known yesterday, while briefing journalists in Lafia, the state capital.

Angbazo said two cases of Lassa fever had been reported with more than three others that are being traced through contact with the victims.

“Lassa fever is caused through contact with rodents excreta and urine. People must ensure every contact with rodents is avoided. Lassa fever is deadlier and kills more people than Coronavirus. Therefore, whenever people experience such symptoms as severe headache, vomiting and high fever, among others, they should be quickly reported to the nearest health care centre,” Angbazo said.

She said victims are currently undergoing treatment and every contact being traced in line with medical regulations.  

The permanent secretary noted that the state ministry of health is adequately prepared to handle reported cases.  She cautioned residents against self-medication or traditional treatment, which may worsen the situation.