By Francis Igata
ENUGU—Following growing concerns indicating that Lassa Fever has claimed 41 lives from the 93 reported cases in 10 states of the country, the Enugu State Government, yesterday, raised its alert level geared towards warding off the disease from the shores of the state.
This comes as the disease has claimed lives in Bauchi, Nasarawa, Niger, Taraba, Kano, Rivers, Edo, Plateau, Gombe and Oyo states.
In an interview with Vanguard, the Commissioner for Health, Mr. Samuel Ngwu explained that government had embarked on an aggressive sensitization campaign in rural areas, especially border communities to educate the people on the need to shun consumption of rodents that are the carriers of the disease.
According the Ngwu: “We are telling our people to resist the urge to burn bushes which will drive the rodents into people’s houses and contaminate or infect the people. They should equally avoid open defecation in order not get infected during stooling.
“We have heightened our surveillance and monitoring in all the 17 councils in the state to enable us dictate and access sign and symptoms if they happen to come up. The disease surveillance health education officers are on their toes to record any sign and symptom of Lassa Fever like body pain, bleeding from the mouth, ear, noses, among others.
“If cases like this emanate, our people should quickly rush to the nearest primary healthcare facility and report to the health officer.”