Lassa fever has claimed the life of one person in Bauchi state, while two other patients have been hospitalised and are being monitored.
This was confirmed by Ibrahim Gamawa, Head, Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Agency. He said that the deceased was from Dul ward in Tafawa Balewa Local Government Council and he died from the fever on his way to hospital.
He mentioned that the other two suspected cases were from Alkaleri Local Government and Liman Katagum in Bauchi Local Government Council and their samples have been taken to Irua in Edo State for analysis.
He stated that the state ministry of health was partnering with Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH) to manage the outbreak.
He added that a sensitization campaign has begun through mass media on prevention steps against the fever.
According to him: “The state government and Federal Ministry of Health have being liaising and monitoring the development since the suspected return of Lassa Fever in the state.
“Besides, health workers in the state essentially those in rural areas have been trained on how best to be at alert so as to detect the early symptoms of the fever.”