Lassa fever prevalent in Edo, Ondo, Ebonyi – NEC

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According to National Economic council (NEC), seventy-two percent of Lassa fever cases were found in three states Edo, Ondo and Ebonyi.

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, told reporters this on Thursday after the NEC meeting: “We were also given an update on the Lassa fever that we had in the country currently. As at last month, we had about  103 cases nationwide and we recorded 13 deaths and they were in 18 states some of  which are Edo, Ebonyi, Bauchi, Plateau, Enugu, Gombe, Katsina, Kogi, Sokoto, Taraba, Delta, Rivers, Adamawa, Nasarawa and Lagos
“Of all these confirmed cases, about 72 per cent of them are prevalent in Edo, Ondo and Ebonyi states.”

“He further stated that the ministry of health and federal government are concentrating on these three prevalent states.  It is a total of 690 confirmed cases and 118 deaths nationwide. We are told that it’s been well managed; there has been a drop of about 15 per cent year-on-year. It’s a seasonal disease but year-on-year there is a national drop of about 15 per cent already”.

Speaking on the level of preparedness on COVID-19, he said the two ministers in the Ministry of Health re-assured NEC of the measures put in place to stop the disease from spreading into the country.

He said the chairman of Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) just returned from Ethiopia, while some of the state commissioners had also travelled to Geneva as part of efforts to prevent COVID-19 in Nigeria.

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