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Bauchi State Records 41 Deaths From Lassa Fever




Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (BASPHCDA), Executive Chairman, Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, said 41 persons had died of Lassa fever from January to date in the state. Dr Mohammed, who disclosed this in Bauchi on Saturday, noted that Lassa fever is even more deadly than Coronavirus (COVID-19).

He said “Most of Coronavirus cases reported early, have greater chances to recovery compare to Lassa fever infested people,”. He expressed concern that Lassa fever infested cases, always seek for medical attention late.

According to Dr Rilwanu, until they have fever, they start bleeding from faeces, when it would have already been too late before they report. “Now we have 41 people who have lost their lives due to Lassa fever contrast to three people who have lost their lives to Coronavirus,” he said. He said the state government has intensified training of staff on how to carry out effective fumigation and spraying.


He also added that the state government would be embarking on a massive spraying and decontamination of communities in order to combat Lassa fever in the state. Dr. Mohammed, however, urged residents to also contribute their own quota by always reporting any suspected case of Lassa fever in the state as early diagnosis and treatment could help patients to recover.


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