The Government of Kogi State has announced that seven people have died as a result of lassa fever since January 2022.
According to the permanent secretary, 41 cases have been confirmed in the state from the first week of January 2022 to date.
Lassa fever is an acute, viral disease carried by a type of rat that is common in West Africa. It can be life-threatening. It is a hemorrhagic virus, which means it can cause bleeding, although 8 out of every 10 people with the virus have no symptoms.
Mr. Alonge stated that nine local government areas namely Idah, Ibaji, Lokoja, Ajaokuta, Ofu, Okene, Okehi, Kabba and Adavi have reported at least one confirmed case during this period.
He noted that the state ministry of health has responded appropriately and timely to the epidemic as a result of Governor Yahaya Bello’s intervention to timely release funds to curb the outbreak.
The permanent secretary said: “The ministry is collaborating with other line ministries especially the ministry of environment and ministry of agriculture and partners to curtail the outbreak and prevent further spread of the disease.
“The ministry of health has carried out community sensitization activities in local government areas affected by the outbreak. This is to enable them to adopt a healthy lifestyle, by keeping their environment clean, maintaining a high standard of personal hygiene and preventing rats from having access to their foodstuff both at home and in market places,” he said.
In an epidemiological report, 23 States have recorded at least one confirmed case across 93 Local Government Areas in 2022. Of all confirmed cases, 67% are from Ondo (28%), Edo (24%) and Bauchi (15%) States.