The recent Lassa fever outbreak has pulled more threat for citizens of Nigeria as Bauchi State records three fresh cases of the deadly epidemic. It is becoming highly worrisome how the deadly virus has reinforced into the Nigerian territory expanding its tentacles to many states in Nigeria.
According to the Ex Executive Chairman of Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr. Rilwanu Mohammed, he disclosed that the state has been on high surveillance following the death of people in Kano State after they were struck with the fever. He explained this on Friday, January 24 while he was speaking with newsmen.
Dr. Mohammed said that the recent outbreak of Lassa fever in the state have sent a signal of shock down the spine of some health workers in the state. In his words,
“This year, we have 15 suspected cases of Lassa fever – three confirmed cases out of the suspected … One thing that is giving us concern is no vaccine for it, we have only treatment of the contact and prophylaxis for the contact and then treatment of cases.
“So, doctors are afraid, and the nurses are also afraid but there is what we call universal safety precaution.
“Unless you touch this patient, unless you touch the secretion; so you have to wear your gloves, you have to make sure that you protect yourself from contact with the secretion.”
It is, however, worthy of note that no death has been recorded yet in Bauchi State. However, preliminary reports revealed that the virus is present in about three local governments in the state. Bauchi, Tafawa Balewa, and Toro Local Government Area are all reported to have a case of Lassa Fever.