No fewer than two persons have been confirmed dead at the Dalhatu Specialist Hospital in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital, North Central Nigeria, following the outbreak of Lassa fever in the state.
The state commissioner for health, Dr Daniel Iya, confirmed the incident in Lafia during a public hearing organised by the Nasarawa State House of Assembly’s committee on health.
Iya disclosed that one victim was still under surveillance while another has been discharged.
He said the state did not have an isolation unit but only isolation rooms at the Dalhatu Specialist Hospital, adding that there was no single isolation unit for the treatment of Lassa fever across the state.
The commissioner also hinted that Governor Umaru Al-Makura had already released the sum of N5.9m to control the spread of the virus across the state, promising to build an isolation unit in the state capital to effectively isolate and treat persons affected with the virus.
He said, “We have already bought 2000 injections of Ribavirin, 1000 tablets of Rivabirin and we are tracking about 130 persons in the state.”
According to him, there are plans are by the state ministry of health to sensitise people at the grass-roots on Lassa fever from next month.