Two people have been confirmed death following outbreak of Lassa fever disease in Wandi and Bundot wards of Dass local government area of Bauchi state.
The Director, Primary Health Care (PHC) Dass local government area, Suleiman Abdul Kirfi revealed this to Journalist Against Polio (JAPs)and other diseases, when they paid him a courtesy call in his office in Dass Local government secretariat.
He said, there was outbreak of the case in Wandi ward that claimed the life of Sani Haruna December 2015 and the recent case of the disease on January 8th,2016 in Bundot ward that laid to the dead of one Amina Maida all in Dass local government area.
The Director said the victim’s test results at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital Bauchi confirmed that they died of lassa fever.
He explained that they as a department have carried out enlightenment campaign on the endemic disease and also distributed pamphlet to people in the area.
Kirfi added that, also organised seminars for their health personnel’s in the local government area on how to handle patients with lassa fever symptoms in their various health centers.
We have in collaboration with stakeholders and environmental health workers commenced sanitation inspection from time to time especially in those areas where the cases of lassa fever were recorded.
“We have caution our health workers that any fever case that defile treatment after a week, should be referred immediately to ATBUTH Bauchi” he said.
The leader of the delegation, Elizabeth Carr to the Director that, they were in the area with the support of World Health Organisation (WHO) to sensitize the people of the area on Lassa fever and the need for hygiene and sanitation.
It could be recalled that Bauchi state Government has debunked as untrue the report released by Federal government that Bauchi state is one of the state with cases of Lassa fever outbreak.