ollowing the outbreak of Lassa fever in Taraba, Adamawa Government has commenced mobilisation of rural communities in the five local government areas sharing boundaries with Taraba.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr Fatima Atiku, made this known on Friday in Yola while briefing journalists.
” His Excellency has directed that we fully mobilise the public on precautionary measures and early detection.
“The disease is caused by virus from rats; our people should imbibed the culture of hygiene by covering their food and foodstuff,” Atiku said.
Atiku said all the disease control officers in the local government areas bordering Taraba had been placed on alert to check for any outbreak.
Atiku said that the state already has isolation centres in Yola Specialist Hospital, Mubi and Ganye General Hospitals.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the last case of Lassa fever was recorded in 2011, were two medical doctors and two nurses of Federal Medical Centre Yola were infected.
One of the doctors died while his colleague and the two nurses survived.