Two medical doctors, 14 others die of Lassa fever in Bauchi

Bauchi State Surveillance Support has disclosed that Lassa fever has killed two medical medical doctors and 14 different individuals within the state.

Surveillance officer, Dr. Suleiman Lawal, instructed journalists yesterday on the Lassa Fever Camp, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH), that 43 instances had been confirmed within the state since January 2020.

Lawal mentioned two of the instances have been introduced in from Plateau State, including that among the many confirmed instances, 16 have been recorded.

He famous: “There are additionally three those that have died of possible instances. They are known as ‘probable cases’ as a result of we couldn’t take their samples earlier than they died.

“Totally, we have seven health workers that were affected. We managed and discharged one of the doctors that were pregnant. Four others are currently on admission, and we’ve been managing them. They are now stable. In fact, we will discharge two of them today (Wednesday) because they have finished their 10-day treatment period.

“Two doctors died, one died here (ATBUTH) while the other died in a private clinic here in Bauchi.”

Since a lot of the deaths have been because of late reporting, he suggested individuals to report suspected instances on time.

The state, he disclosed, has obtained help from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in its efforts at lowering the scourge to the barest minimal, whilst he appealed public-spirited people to help within the struggle towards the illness.

The surveillance officer mentioned the seven pillars that assist in managing the epidemic are: training, communication, threat communication, surveillance, case administration, laboratory affirmation and prevention, and management.

He famous communication as key in managing the epidemic.

“If individuals get the proper info, they are going to know the right way to defend themselves and it will assist in breaking this chain and lowering the unfold. Sometimes individuals really feel it has a religious undertone, however in case you give them the proper info, they are going to know precisely what it’s. So communication is essential in controlling outbreak responses.

“When you have one case and you allow it, it will spread; but once you are able to contain it, then you limit the spread and it will die naturally,” Lawal mentioned.

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