Kano adopts measures to control Lassa fever spread

Acheme Jack, Kano

The Kano State Government north western Nigeria has constituted a 22- member task force on Lassa Fever Response following an outbreak of the disease in the region.

The development is in response to the reported death of two people in Kano and scores others in 11 states across the country.

Kano Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, said it had become imperative for residents to pay more attention to personal hygiene and environmental sanitation because the disease is being spread by rodents as a result of poor hygienic practices.

He advised citizens not to allow rodents to feed on their foods.

Ganduje stressed the need for families to properly dispose food remnants and ensure that their kitchen utensils are always kept clean.

The governor also urged the people to be on the watch for symptoms of the disease and report any suspected case to the nearest health facility.

“The government will place emphasis on advocacy and public enlightenment to ensure that Lassa fever no longer occurs in the state,” Ganduje said.

The State Commissioner for Health, Dr Kabir Ibrahim Getso, said the two patients who died in the state as a result of the Lass epidemic were officially recorded in November and died in December.

He explained the Lassa virus was carried by rats and spread to humans and the ailment can be spread from person to person through direct contact.

Getso said his ministry had designated a health facility at Yargaya to handle Lassa Fever cases.

The commissioner added that the state government had also set aside hotlines to track the diseases, engaged in aggressive contact tracing of the deceased victims.

Government has also embarked on public awareness campaigns through radio.