From Ahmad Mohammed, Bauchi
Bauchi State Government has announced plans to establish isolation centers in three selected hospitals to manage and control the spread of Lassa fever in the state.
Governor Bala Abdulkadir Mihammed disclosed this on Wednesday when he received officials of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control who visited him at the Council Chamber, Government House Bauchi.
Governor Bala who was represented by the State Deputy Governor, Senator Baba Tela said that already the state government has taken proactive measures against the spread of the disease in the state through the set up of an emergency outbreak basket fund.
He said we are delighted to receive you today in the Government House Bauchi to condole us over the outbreak of Lassa fever that resulted to the dead of a District Head and others.We are aware of the measures taken by the NCDC to stop the spread of the disease not only in Bauchi state, but across the country in general. We will give you our support to achieve the set objectives”
“I commend our Health workers for thier commitment in the figth against communicable diseases in the state.On our part as a government, we will give all the necessary support”
“ Our health workers are also doing thier best by their commitment in the fight against communicable diseases in the state.I also applaud stakeholders in the health sector for thier collective efforts in tackling the outbreak of communicable diseases in the state”
The leader of the delegation who is the Director General of the Center Dr. Chikwe said the visit was to condole the government and people of the state over the death of the District Head and others who lost their lives as a result of Lassa fever disease.
Represented by the Director Administration and Human Resources, Alhaji Yakubu Abdullahi, Mr Ihekweazu stressed the need for the state government to embark on a massive awareness campaign as preventive mechanism against infection with the disease.
“Bauchi is a endemic state as far as Lassa fever disease is concerned.We have learned a lot with the death of the District Head and we are planning to monitor his family for 21 days to assess the situation. From all indications, Bauchi state government is ready to fight the scourge of the disease, so we will support you in the establishment of the isolation centers in the state.” he said
The Director General said despite the fact that Lassa Fever was a highly infectious disease, it is preventive if it was reported early.