Lassa Fever, Not Covid-19, Ravages Kogi, as 27 Cases Confirmed

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Yahya Bello, Lassa Fever, Covid-19, Ravages Kogi, 27 Cases Confirmed
Kogi State governor, Yahya Bello

Twenty seven confirmed cases of Lassa Fever disease have been reported from nine local government areas of Kogi State, according to state epidemiologist.

A press statement issued on Thursday by the chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association of Nigeria, Kogi chapter, Dr Kabiru Zubair, a copy of which Judicial Sketch obtained, said no case of COVID-19 has been recorded in the state as at March 25, 2020.

“So far, 27 confirmed cases of Lassa Fever disease from nine local government areas have been reported by the state epidemiologist. However, no case of COVID-19 has been recorded in the State as at March 25, 2020.

“The NMA wishes to commend the effort of the Kogi Government so far with respect to case management of Lassa Fever Patients at the treatment centre in Kogi Specialist Hospital, Lokoja, as well as the ongoing sensitization on preventive measures against it.

“The NMA is aware of some proactive measures taken by Kogi Government so far, such as shutting down of schools and public gathering with effect from March 23, and the ongoing sensitisation of the general public on preventive measures against the scourge,’’ he said.

“On a final note,  the NMA wishes to urge all her members as well as the general public to heed the advice of the government and healthcare providers on all the preventive measures,’’ Zubair said.

The association noted that the state still remains vulnerable to COVID-19 because it is bordered by 10 states and FCT while it serves as a major transit point between the North and South.

Dr. Zubair urged the state and federal governments to continue to do more with respect to preventive measures, noting that the healthcare system was too fragile to withstand major outbreaks of infections as caused by COVID-19.

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