The Health and Human Services Secretariat of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) says it has stepped up Lassa fever disease surveillance activities in all area councils of the FCT.
The action, according to the secretariat’s acting secretary, Mrs. Odey Achu, is part of measures taken by the Secretariat and Department of Public Health at preventing the spread of Lassa fever to the territory.
She said the secretariat has notified all the FCT disease control, disease surveillance and disease notification officers in the six area councils of the urgent need to step up disease surveillance within their various localities, especially at the border communities.
The acting secretary explained that the health departments’ head in the area councils have also been engaged on the need to step up sensitization in the communities especially in the markets, motor parks, and religious centres.
While she reiterated the commitment of the secretariat to keeping the territory free from Lassa fever, she advised residents to “set traps in and around the houses to reduce rat population.”
yesterday Wednesday,the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole announced the death of one confirmed Lassa fever victim at National Hospital Abuja.
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