The Nigerian Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, says the country has not recorded any new deaths from Lassa fever in the last seventy two hours.
Prof. Adewole made the disclosure at a joint news briefing in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, hosted by the minister of Information and Culture, Mr. Lai Muhammed, in Abuja.
He said that records from the surveillance team shows that the number of suspected cases is ninety three; number of laboratory confirmed cases is twenty five while number of reported deaths is now forty one.
The minister also said that drugs have been distributed to states affected by the disease and that the federal government is working towards making treatment free for victims of Lassa fever.
“The federal government has deployed front line workers to all affected states; distributed Information Education and Communication ( IEC) materials and provided Ribavarin anti-viral drugs for prompt treatment of cases”. He said.
The minister also urged Nigerians to continue to take percussions to curb the spread of the disease.
“We will plead that we should maintain heightened vigilance and sustain our preventive messages and practices. WE ARE CONFIDENT THAT WE WILL SURELY ” DEFEAT THIS OUTBREAK”. Prof. Adewole pleaded.
On his part, the minister of Information and Culture, Mr. Lai Muhammed, urged the media to report the outbreak positively.
He added that government would continue to educate the people on latest developments on the Lassa fever outbreak.