Lassa Fever: FG lauds KNSG’s quick response
By Abdulyassar Abdulhamid
The Federal Government on Saturday commended proactive measures Kano State Government has taken to curb the spread of Lassa Fever in the state.
This was disclosed by the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, when he paid a condolence visit to Governor Ganduje of Kano State in Kano over the death of two doctors of Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH), Kano.
The doctors died following an operation on the suspected carrier of the disease about two week ago.
The minister, who expressed his shock over the death of the two doctors, prayed to the Almighty God to grant their families the courage to bear the lost.
He said: “The state and other stakeholders are doing their best in this respect. We commend the state’s ministry of health for taking the situation very seriously, so also members of the communities are becoming so conscious about it courtesy ministry’s public enlightenment.
“We can see that the level of the state preparedness to contain the situation so quickly is highly commendable. We are therefore commending the state government for taking quick proactive measures. So also the quick release of funds by the state assisted tremendously, towards achieving the good results we are seeing on ground.”
However, Ehanire charged health workers to always observe ethical standard while dealing with such kind of disease, so as to avoid further complication and spread of the deadly disease.
In his remarks, Kano State Commissioner for Health, Dr Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa, who was represented at the event by the Permanent Secretary of the ministey, Dr Binta Umar Bala disclosed some of the bold measures taken by the Ministry, immediately after sending the sample to the National Referral Centre in Abuja.
He said: “When we received the information of the outcome of the result, we swung into action immediately by mobilising the State Isolation Center at ‘Yar Gaya, prepositioning of PPEs, Drugs, Ambulances and other measures taken includes activation of Rapid Response Teams, Conduct of State Emergency preparedness and Response Committee Meeting, Contact Tracing and Contact follow-ups were instituted promptly.”
She further listed Daily Coordination Meetings at State Emergency Operation Center (EOC), Strengthening and intensification of Surveillance at all levels of health care delivery and communities, sensitization of health workers and production of IEC materials as well as production and and placement of radio jingles, as some of the measures taken by the government.
However, Governor Ganduje assured the minister that the state would do everything possible to make sure that all necessary steps continue to be observed for the successful curbing of the problem.
Ganduje: “As we are facing the situation squarely, I am assuring you that the state will continue joining hands with all the stakeholders for successful fight against Lassa Fever. That is why we are not relenting in our efforts.”