We’ll fight Lassa Fever to its knees – Ganduje
…Faults 292 erroneous media reports
By Abdulyassar Abdulhamid
Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State says the State Government is determined to fight Lassa Fever to submission in the State.
The disease has claimed a pregnant woman and two medical doctors at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano.
However, two patients are responding to treatment, a statement signed by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Abba Anwar said.
The Governor assured that the State Government is determined to do good and effective management of reported Lassa Fever in the State.
The statement quoted the Governor as saying: “Kano has confirmed two cases of the problem that were effectively and efficiently managed. When the affected persons were treated accordingly and were finally discharged from the Isolation Centre, they continued with their lives.”
The statement added that from the last experience, the State had put everything to end the problem, stressing that this time around the state is re-doubling efforts toward a successful management of the problem.
It added: “We are seeing good result in that. While people should be very vigilant in using the words of caution from the State Ministry of Health, they should also not be panicked as the State is doing everything possible to tame the situation.
“All in an effort to effectively address the situation we quickly, with all sense of reasoning and concern, reactivated the State Isolation Centre at ‘Yar Gaya as well as the Rapid Response Team (RRT).”
The State Emergency Preparedness and Response Committee has become very regular and is pre-positioning drugs and other consumables.
Other measures, according to him, are experts’ role in contact tracing of Lassa Fever, while daily coordination meeting at the State Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) is observed religiously without any recourse to lackadaisical attitude.
Another important stage under this is that of surveillance, the statement stated.
Ganduje added: “We engage our traditional and religious institutions being closer to communities and we do not relent in keeping our people informed and abreast on Lassa Fever through both media and other communication platforms.”
He further disclosed that the burial rites of the deceased were conducted in good line with standard protocols.
Governor Ganduje has however, faulted some erroneous reports by a section of the media which reported that the state had “292 cases of Lassa Fever.”
He said: “The cases are currently five, with three deaths, while two persons are receiving treatment. They are also responding to medications. So the issue of 292 ‘cases’ is unintentionally erroneous.
“The 292 are only on Contact Tracing. That’s all. It is when the number (292) is confirmed to be positive, then we can talk of cases.
“There are three stages to this. First stage is Contact Tracing then Sensitisation, where people are informed about the menace and may be in the process, health workers get reported concerns. It is from there that confirmed cases are established, then treatment stage. I therefore repeat that the 292 are only Contact Tracing cases.”