Just In : New Lassa Fever Case Confirmed in Kaduna
By Femi Adi Kaduna Ministry of Health has confirmed a new case of Lassa Fever in the State .
The Commissioner of Health, Dr. Amina Mohammed Baloni who made the confirmation in a press statement issued to journalists today said ; ,”Kaduna state has recorded a total of 23 cases so far, 15 test results have come back negative but one new case has been confirmed.”
In the Statement, she disclosed that six test samples are pending ,but confirmed the new case of a 34 year old male from Kajuru Local Government Area ,who is being managed at the IDCC.
According to her , ” This brings the number of confirmed cases to two in Kaduna State, as the first victim has died last Sunday and has since been buried.“Similarly, a total number of 40 people who had been in contact with the cases are being monitored and none has shown any symptoms.However, contact listing and follow-up as well as active case search are ongoing.
“The general public is advised to continue to maintain a high level of personal hygiene and environmental sanitation and ensure that all cases of fevers are tested for malaria before treatment.
“Following the Federal Government’s recent declaration of Global Public Health Emergency of International Concern, Kaduna State Government is complying with the advisory on the Corona Virus Disease issued by the Minister of Health, Mr. Osagie Ehanire. Specifically, the minister advised that Nigerians should limit non- essential travel to China, while those arriving from such countries with no visible symptoms are to self- isolate for two weeks after their arrival.“In addition, arriving travelers also have a duty to report any incidents of passengers falling sick during flights.
“Symptoms of Corona Virus Disease are sneezing, coughing and difficulties in breathing. People are advised to report to the nearest health facility if any of these symptoms are noticed immediately.“The Kaduna State Ministry of Health therefore calls on the general public to wash hands regularly with soap under running water, cover the mouth and nose properly with handkerchief and tissue paper when sneezing or cough into the elbow where handkerchief is not available.“Other protective measures are, avoiding self-medication and report to the nearest health facility when experiencing any of the mentioned symptoms. Health workers are also to observe standard infection prevention and control measures while attending to patients. They should also endeavor to take their travel history.”