Kogi State winning fight against Lassa Fever with new bio-safety Laboratory

Kogi state governor

The governor of Kogi state, Yahaya Bello has established a bio-safety laboratory for the investigation of suspected Lassa Fever cases in the state.

He stated this during a one-day sensitization meeting with traditional rulers and other stakeholders on Friday in Lokoja. The governor said that the state had also set up a treatment centre for the disease located at the Kogi Specialist Hospital, Lokoja.

Yahaya Bello reveal that, since January 2019 till date, the centre had successfully treated and discharged three patients, out of the five confirmed cases of Lassa Fever.

According to the New Agency of Nigeria, the meeting was organised by the health ministry in collaboration with World Health Organisation (WHO). The focus of the program was on strengthening Lassa Fever Surveillance, routine Immunization and primary healthcare.

The commissioner for Health, Dr Saka Audu, said that government had shown effort to rid off Lassa fever and other epidemics in the state.

Mr Kennedy Adejoh, the WHO Coordinator in Kogi state, stated that the status of routine immunization in the state had increased from 38.5 in 2016 to 68 percent for the first quarter of 2019. He added that more need to be done in other to reach the 90 percent immunization coverage stipulated by the WHO.

He said, “only five local governments passed the recent survey on immunization out of the 21”.

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