Bauchi — The Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency has warned people of the state to take proactive measures to protect themselves against Lassa fever as the disease recently killed a medical doctor. It was gathered that the doctor became infected after he treated a patient with Lassa fever virus.
Executive chairman of the agency, Dr Nisser Ali Umar, while briefing newsmen yesterday as part of the sensitization exercise embarked upon to educate citizens on the dangers of the disease said: “The disease is deadly and infectious. Recently, a medical doctor got infected by the disease after treating a patient who had the fever. The doctor died and about eight other doctors got infected after treating a pregnant woman, who had the disease”.
Umar said the state recorded seven cases of Lassa fever between 2012 and March, 2013, but with only one death.
He said the federal and state governments have taken adequate steps to address the problem.
“People can easily contract the disease by eating rat or eating food contaminated by rat urine,” he said.
He advised people with suspected cases to report to the nearest hospital for treatment.
He commended the Federal Ministry of Health for providing Ribavirin tablets and enough personal protective equipment to health care providers in the state to prevent Nosocomial infection.
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