The Kaduna State Government, yesterday, confirmed a case of Lassa fever in Chukun Local Government Area of the state.
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Amina Mohammed-Baloni, however, disclosed that the patient is being treated at the designated Infectious Disease Control Centre in the state.
A statement made available to Sunday Telegraph on Saturday and signed by Dr. Mohammed-Baloni, said tests have confirmed that the patient is a 36-year-old male.
The Commissioner also assured that the Ministry of Health has supplied the Infectious Diseases Control Centre with the necessary commodities, saying that the state health personnel are ready to manage any cases that may arise.
According to her, the epidemiology unit is monitoring the situation closely, and all health facilities are on alert for prompt referral of suspected cases.
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 facility.
“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 or contact the nearest Local Government Health Authority official,” Dr. Mohammed-Baloni added.
The statement further stated that all Kaduna State Government health facilities are on alert to look out for cases of the disease.
“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 said.