The Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, has stimulated a standing emergency response with a call on health professionals to ensure the full containment of Lassa fever, so that it does not spread beyond the one case so far established.
Professor Zulum also directed that special attention be paid to government controlled camps and host communities associated with forced migration of internally displaced persons.
A statement by the government said the Governor had called for briefing by the state’s Commissioner of Health and Human Resources, Dr Salisu Kwayabura, who gave the assurance that the standing emergency response team had already been activated and there was no cause for alarm.
A team comprising of the Commissioner of Health as Chairman, the chief Medical Director of the Hospitals Management Board, an infection prevention group at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, officials of the World Health Organization, the UNICEF and Médecins Sans Frontières, among others was already on ground.
In the meantime, Governor Zulum has assured the Commissioner of Health that he would provide all that was required as part of measures to guarantee the safety of public health across Borno State.
He also called on the Health Emergency Response team to work round the clock, taking all measures necessary to ensure maximum control of any disease in the state.