Thirty people from six local government jurisdictions in Bauchi State tested positive for Lassa fever, which seems to indicate a return of the disease in the state.
Dr. Rilwanu Mohammed, Executive Chairman of the Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency (BASPHCDA), revealed this when interacting with reporters, discussing the current status of the disease and other issues of primary health care services held at the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) comminicate. Bauchi.
According to him, the 30 people who tested positive were part of the samples collected across the state.
Dr. Mohammed informed that the victims were from Bauchi; Bogoro, Ganjuwa; Kilfi; Tafawa Balewa and Toro local government areas in the southern and central regions of Bauchi.
The chairman attributed the resurgence of the disease to the continued harvest of agricultural products, and informed that between January and December this year, the state had recorded a total of 153 possible cases of Lassa fever.
According to Muhammad, of this number, 136 people were randomly tested and 8 of them were confirmed dead.
However, the boss of BASPHCDA assured that the state government is taking all necessary medical and preventive measures to ensure the safety of the people of the state.
He added that the agency is waiting for the intervention of the Governor and Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed to purchase more drugs and injections to deal with the disease to ensure that it prevents its spread. To other parts of the state.
Mohamed then instructed the people of the state to always ensure personal and environmental hygiene, which he said would enable them to control the spread of Lassa fever and other infectious diseases.
At the same time, when talking about the Covid-19 pandemic, the chairman of BASPHCDA informed that Bauchi State University has received a total of 350,000 doses of Pfizer BioNtech vaccine from the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) for use as a booster.
According to him, the booster dose will only be used for people who have received the first and second doses of AstraZeneca and Moderna vaccines in the state.