Rebecca Mu’azu, Gombe
The Gombe State Ministry of Health has confirmed two cases of Lassa fever, with five others awaiting laboratory confirmation.
Addressing journalists on the cases of Lassa Fever in Gombe State, the Commissioner of Health, Dr. Ahmed Mohammed Gana, said one patient had died from confirmed case of Lassa Fever, while the second suspected death was yet to be confirmed, but that one confirmed case had been treated and discharged.
Dr. Gana said at present, four cases were receiving treatment at the Isolation Ward of the Federal Teaching Hospital.
“On the 6th of January, the first confirmed case was an indigene of Ibbi Local Government Area of Taraba State and [presented at the Federal Teaching Hospital, Gombe, where he was diagnosed. He was treated accordingly ad was discharged o the 16th of January.
The second case was brought unconscious from Bayo Local Government of Borno State ad admitted into the Isolation Ward of Teaching Hospital o the 3rd of January, 2020, where he died on the same day. As at this morning, four patients are in the Isolation Ward,” Dr. Gana said.
He said the state Government had activated its public health emergency operation centre, which had procured and distributed parental and oral strategic health facilities, while capacity building of all state health workers and sensitisation of the public were ongoing to control the spread of the disease in the state.
The Gombe State Commissioner of Health said relevant information and enlightenment materials had already been printed in both Hausa and English languages and distributed to the public institutions, in order to create the needed awareness for the people.
Dr. Gana said Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya had approved the procurement of additional commodities for effective prevention and management of the outbreak in the state, including free treatment and feeding of suspected and confirmed cases on admission.
He said the Gombe State Public Health Emergency Operation Centre was available and working round the clock to serve the public, through numbers provided, while calling on the public protect themselves from being infected.