The Federal Government has confirmed the spread of the Lassa Fever virus disease across 17 states 62 Local Government,33 Laboratory confirmed cases,and 212 suspected cases in the country.
The Minister Of Health, Prof. Issac Adewole who made this known at an emergency National Council of Health Meeting in Abuja, warned against “conspiracy of silence” among states in the country.
The states so far affected are Lagos, Niger, Nasarawa, Ebonyi, Kano, Rivers, Plateau, Taraba, Zamfara, Ekiti, Benue, Delta, Edo, Bauchi, Oyo and Gombe and FCT.
.The Minister who described the outbreak as a national embarrassment ,debunked rumours in some quarters that the disease was a gimmick to get money from the government.
“I want to tell all Nigerians that the Lassa fever disease is real because there is a lot of denial in the country.“Presently,“17 states have so far been affected and this includes 62 local government areas of those states. There are 212 suspected cases, counting back to August when the disease re-emerged.”
“I want to warn against the conspiracy of silence by in some states. This is because we recorded five unreported cases of Lassa fever and one death in Ebonyi state. Even the state governor got angry.”
The minister said 5,000 Primary Health Care centres would be activated before the end of 2016.
“A committee had already been set up to map out health care centres across the country would benefit from the programme.
He advised health practitioners on the need to maintain good professional practice with reference to the case in Rivers state where a healthcare provider was infected.