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Kaduna confirms one case Of Lassa Fever in Chikun


• Puts Health Facilities On Alert 

Kaduna State government has confirmed one case of Lassa fever in Chukun local council area, adding that the patient is being treated at the designated Infectious Disease Control Centre in the state.

A statement signed by the State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Amina Mohammed-Baloni, yesterday, said medical tests conducted on the 36-year-old male patient confirmed the disease.

She disclosed that all health facilities in the state have been alerted to look out for cases of the disease, adding that the Ministry of Health has equipped Infectious Diseases Control Centre with the necessary items to check the spread of the disease and that health personnel are on ground to manage any case that may arise.

“The epidemiology unit is monitoring the situation closely, and all health facilities are on alert for prompt referral of suspected cases,’’ she said.

The commissioner also reiterated the ministry’s earlier appeal to the public to maintain the highest standard of individual hygiene and to report any suspected cases promptly to the nearest health facility.

“We appeal to 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 Council Health Authority official,’’ she added.

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