Christiana Gokyo, Jos
Gombe state government has recorded 53 suspected cases of Lassa fever, out of which four people were confirmed dead at the isolated centre at the Federal Teaching Hospital, while receiving treatment.
The acting state epidemiologist, Dr Nuhu Bille, disclosed this to newsmen in Gombe recently, while confirming the 53 suspected cases of Lassa fever.”
He urged members of the public to imbibe the culture of reporting cases of fever to hospitals for adequate action and treatment.
Said he, “From November to March, 2019, is a period we expect the outbreak of Lassa fever. The most important thing in managing the case is early detection.
“When you detect it on time, 75 per cent of chances of survival are there. So, people should report to the hospitals on time before it will be too late, because it’s free of charge – if you have symptoms of fever, cough and catarrh that refuse to go with our conventional drugs within two days,” he said.
He assured that, there were enough drugs for treatment of the disease that would last for five years, and as such there is the need for people to report on time. He noted that several cases of cholera outbreak were also discovered within the period under review.
Dr. Bille explained further that over 546 people were treated, while 18 victims died of the disease, adding that, the outbreak was recorded in Balanga, Funakaye, Gombe and Yamaltu/Deba local government area of Gombe state.