The Sokoto State Ministry of Animal Health and Fisheries Development has organised an awareness campaign to educate people on the dangers of the dreaded Lassa Fever virus.
The Commissioner of the Ministry, Professor Abdulkadir Usman Junaidu, said government decided to take proactive measures by informing the teaming populace of the state on the diseases .
Professor Junaidu disclosed this when he addressed a thousand of men and women in Gagi area of Sokoto South local government on the outbreak of Lassa fever in some States in Nigeria and other outbreaks around the world.
According to him, the state has taken the following measure to curb the situation which include the activation of State Emergency Preparation to and Response Team (EPR), activation of Rapid Response Team (RRT).
The Commissioner added that the state has intensified surveillance activities, as well as the prepositioning of ambulance for patient transport.
“Other measures include the engagement of all relevant stakeholders, State agencies, healthcare facilities, Traditional leaders, Religious leaders, the Media among others.
The Ministry of Animal Health wants to inform the general public that there is an outbreak of Lassa fever in Kano and other States in Nigeria, including suspected cases in Zamfara state recently.
Similarly, no case of lassa fever is recorded in Sokoto and God’s willing, we will not have any.
The Ministry decided to take proactive measures by informing the teaming populace of the state on the above diseases and assist with necessary measure for prevention and early detection of possible cases to prevent spread in the event of any,” the Commissioner said.
He urged health care workers to strictly observe universal precaution as stipulated and consider every patient as potential risk.
Professor Junaidu said 70% of human diseases are from animals, hence there is need to take proactive measures to tackle the virus.
“To the general public, they should clear Surroundings to get rid of rodents, food stores to be secured to prevent rodent access, cooked foods and water sources to be secured.
They should also wash hands regularly with soap and water, observe cough etiquette, stop eating and trading bush meat, especially rat, limit contact with animals unless necessary, as well as, report to hospital early when you observe any of the above symptom or unusual condition,” he added.