Lassa fever vaccine in first trial stage –FG

The Federal Government has said top Nigerian scientists alongside experts from Germany were currently developing a vaccine for Lassa fever at Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital in Benin, Edo State. Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, who made this known while briefing journalists yesterday in Abuja, revealed that the vaccine was in its first stage of trial. Currently, there are five diagnostic centres for Lassa fever in the country, namely: National Reference Laboratory in Abuja, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Federal Medical Centre Owo and Alex Ekwueme…

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Using safe, cost effective means to stop Lassa fever

Lassa fever, the familiar and preventive disease which occurs mainly in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Nigeria, has continued to resurge annually. Experts have blamed rising cases on governments’ long-term inaction and poor political will to tackle it, saying the masses would be better off taking measures to prevent the ailment, reports APPOLONIA ADEYEMI   Since the resurgence of Lassa fever in Nigeria late last year, not only has the mass media been inundated with reports of the disease outbreak, the number of patients that have died from the ailment…

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Lagos designs emergency response plans for Coronavirus, Lassa fever

…empowers 342 medical personnel   Piqued by the spread of coronavirus and Lassa fever, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) has that said that it has designed emergency response plans to prevent and tackle the ravaging scourge. Besides, the government said it has begun the training of 342 medical personnel as first level emergency responders for communicable diseases in the 20 local governments and 37 local council development areas of the state. Director-General of the agency, Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, who disclosed this, said that the agency was closely monitoring…

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FG calls for calm on Coronavirus, Lassa fever

Following the rising fears amongst the citizenry over the spread of Lassa fever across the states and coronavirus in some countries of the world, the Federal Government has called for calm, reassuring Nigerians that the situation was under control. Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, who made this known during a press conference on yesterday in Abuja, said surveillance measures have been put in place at the five international airports, even as other entry points in the country have been strengthened against coronavirus and other communicable diseases. Ehanire, who confirmed…

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Reps urge FG to contain Lassa fever outbreak

The Federal Ministry of Health and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) have been called upon to contain and prevent the outbreak of Lassa fever in Benue, Ebonyi, Edo, Bauchi, Anambra and other states of the federation. The ministry was also advised to create more awareness on the dangers of Lassa fever and other communicable diseases to enable the populace adopt preventive measures of avoiding being contracted by the disease. The resolution was taken after adopting a motion sponsored by Hon. Robert Aondona Tyough (PDP, Benue), where the lower…

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Lassa fever: 10 killed, 28 new cases confirmed in Plateau – Commissioner

Dr Kunden Deyin, the Plateau Commissioner for Health says the state has recorded 28 new cases of Lassa fever with 10 deaths. Deyin told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jos on Thursday that 64 cases were taken to the laboratory for confirmation out of which 28 were confirmed to be Lassa fever. He said that one of the confirmed cases was imported from Kaduna State, adding that most of the affected persons are responding to treatments. He advised people to report immediately to the nearest health facility, whenever…

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Lassa Fever Outbreak: WHO scale up response in affected states

Following the confirmed outbreak of Lassa Fever in the country by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the World Health Organisation (WHO), has increased its level of responses in affected states, with a view to prevent a further spread of the disease. In the first 27 days of January, there was a record of 213 confirmed cases including 41 deaths, reported from sixteen states, across 40 local government areas of Edo, Ondo, Ebonyi, Bauchi, Plateau, Taraba, Gombe, Anambra, Kaduna, Kwara, FCT, Benue, Rivers, Nassarawa and Kogi States. The WHO…

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Plateau records 17 new Lassa fever cases, 5 deaths

The Plateau State Government has confirmed 17 new Lassa Fever cases in the state. Commissioner of Health in the State Dr, kamshak Kuden while confirming the new cases of Lassa Fever said so far the state has recorded five deaths within the past few days. Details are yet to be disclosed on the location of the identified patients. It would be recalled that the Nigerian Army Headquarters 3 Division, Jos had reported the death of its personnel from suspected Lassa Fever a fortnight ago. The soldier was said to have…

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Lassa fever kills One in Delta

The Delta Ministry of Health has confirmed the death of a woman who allegedly manifested symptoms of Lassa fever virus. Dr (Mrs.) Isioma Okoba, Chairman of the State’s Primary Health Development Agency, made the disclosure at a media briefing on Monday in Asaba. “The woman, who is now deceased, is from Umolu community in Ndokwa East Local Government Area; she reportedly took ill on Aug. 18, 2018 and was admitted at the Kwale General Hospital. “Her condition deteriorated and she was transferred to the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba, the following…

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Anxiety mounts as Lassa fever kills one in Edo

There was anxiety in parts of Edo State yesterday following an outbreak of Lassa fever which claimed the life of an employee of Okomu Oil Palm Company.   The victim identified, Henry Ehimati, in his 30s, was a male nurse working with the oil palm company staff clinic located in Ovia South-West Local Government Area of the state.   The deceased lived with his family while on off duty at Upper Sakponba area in Benin, the state capital.   A source, who craved anonymity, disclosed that the doctor in charge…

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