Kaduna Deputy Governor Briefed on Lassa Outbreak Response

Lassa Fever

By Tahir Yusuf 

In response to the Lassa fever outbreak, Kaduna State Deputy Governor, Dr. Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe, received a comprehensive briefing from Umma K Ahmed, the State Commissioner of Health. The briefing outlined the current situation and the robust measures the state is implementing to address the outbreak.

Swift action has been taken by the Ministry of Health, deploying its Rapid Response Team to manage and mitigate the impact of the outbreak. Dr. Jeremiah Daiko, the State Disease Surveillance Officer, provided updates during the briefing, revealing six confirmed cases and five fatalities.

The State's response goes beyond internal efforts, as it collaborates closely with the Federal Ministry of Environment. This collaborative approach is crucial to effectively contain and manage the spread of the Lassa fever outbreak.

Deputy Governor Dr. Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe expressed her commitment to overseeing the coordinated efforts and ensuring that all necessary resources are mobilized to tackle the outbreak effectively. The state's leadership recognizes the urgency of the situation and is dedicated to protecting the health and well-being of the residents.

The briefing highlighted the importance of public awareness and adherence to preventive measures. The Ministry of Health will continue to engage in community outreach and education to inform the public about the signs, symptoms, and preventive measures to curb the further spread of Lassa fever.

In her role, Commissioner Umma K Ahmed assured the Deputy Governor that the Ministry of Health is working tirelessly to enhance surveillance, conduct contact tracing, and provide medical care to those affected. 

The collaboration with federal agencies underscores the collective commitment to addressing public health challenges promptly.

The state's response strategy encompasses not only medical interventions but also emphasizes environmental measures to eliminate potential breeding grounds for the disease. 

This multi-faceted approach aligns with international best practices for managing outbreaks and minimizing their impact on public health.

As the state continues to monitor and manage the Lassa fever situation, Deputy Governor Dr. Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe assured the public of the government's unwavering dedication to their safety and well-being. 

The collaborative efforts with federal counterparts reinforce the state's commitment to a unified and effective response against the Lassa fever outbreak.

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