At least eight persons have so far died following the recent outbreak of Lassa fever in Nasarawa state, an official said on Tuesday.
Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lafia, the Public Health in the state’s Ministry of Health, Dr. Ibrahim Adamu, said that the number of people, who had contact with the patients and were being monitored, had risen to 82 from 66.
He said: “Of the 11 confirmed cases recorded since the index case in November 2016, eight have died while three others are responding to treatment at the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital in Lafia.
“The three survivors in DASH are recovering very fast, two of them will be completing their treatment today (Tuesday) to be discharged while the other will complete his treatment by the weekend.’’
“All those identified contacts now under surveillance, have been placed on oral drugs and we monitor their temperature twice daily.’’
He said the state government had shown commitment towards fighting the outbreak by providing Personal Protective Equipment and drugs for the treatment of the disease.
Adamu further stressed that the reports making the round that health personnel are complaining of not having access to PPE is not true as the state government has provided adequate PPEs for the hospitals.
He explained that the PPE was meant to be given only to the health personnel giving service to the affected patients.
“There is a lot of anxiety for the disease, which makes everybody in any hospital where there is a confirmed case to want to wear the PPE.
“However, there is also a clear method of the transmission of the disease that people should be aware of and when the need to wear the PPE arises,’’ he said.