By Murtala Muhammad
Thirty people have been confirmed positive of Lassa fever in six local government areas in Bauchi state, following a surge of the disease due to the recent harvest of this year’s farming season.
The Executive Chairman of the State Primary Health Care Development Agency Dr. Rilwanu Mohammed gave the figure in an interactive with journalists on the current situation of the disease, held at the Emergency Operation Centre, EOC in Bauchi.
Dr. Mohammed said the Local Government Areas include Bauchi, Bogoro, Ganjuwa, Kirfi, Tafawa Balewa and Toro.
He explained that from January to December this year the state has recorded 153 probable cases, out of which 136 were tested and eight people were confirmed dead of the disease.
Dr. Mohammed said the state government was taking necessary measures towards ensuring safety of the people, noting that the Agency was waiting for intervention of the State Governor to procure more drugs and injectables to handle the disease.
The Executive Chairman of the Agency called on people of the state to ensure personal and environmental hygiene to protect the spread of Lassa fever and other communicable diseases.
On booster dose vaccination against Covid-19 Omicron variant, Dr. Mohammed said the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA had approved three hundred and fifty thousand doses of Pfizer BioNtech vaccine to be administered to those who have their first and second doses of AstraZeneca of Moderna vaccines in the state.