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  • Nigeria- Kaduna: Strange disease kills 3 health workers, patient at military hospital - Lassa Fever confirmed

    Source: https://blueprint.ng/kaduna-strange-...tary-hospital/

    Kaduna: Strange disease kills 3 health workers, patient at military hospital
    February 23, 2024 Admin II News

    The Nigeria Army Referral Hospital, Kaduna (NARHK), has confirmed the death of three health workers and a patient within two days following the outbreak of a strange disease.

    The army, in an internal correspondence dated 21 February said the three health workers were managing the patient at the hospital for the disease.

    The memo, signed by SO Okoigi, a brigadier general, was addressed to the headquarters of the Nigerian Army Corps, Bonny Cantonment, Victory Island, Lagos.

    “The Accident and Emergency (A&E) Dept of 44 NARHK has witnessed the loss of 3 members of staff and a patient in the last 48 hours with some in critical condition.​..

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    Source: https://www.premiumtimesng.com/healt...-hospital.html

    Nigerian authorities confirm Lassa fever killed four in army hospital
    Nigeria has recorded 2,621 suspected Lassa fever cases, with 476 confirmed and 84 deaths as of 18 February.
    byMariam Ileyemi
    February 24, 2024

    The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) has confirmed that Lassa Fever was responsible for the death of three health workers and one patient at the 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital Kaduna (44 NARHK), Kaduna State.

    The disease centre said four of the six blood samples from suspected cases at the hospital sent to the Bayero University Teaching Hospital in Kano have been confirmed for Lassa fever.

    The Director-General of the NCDC, Jide Idris, disclosed this at a press briefing in Abuja on Friday, noting that 25 close contacts of all the cases are now being monitored and have been placed on prophylactic medicine.​...

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      FG Launches National Deratisation Exercise to Prevent and Control Spread of Lassa Fever

      By Samuel Anyanwu
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      February 27, 2024

      Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Environment, Mahmud Adam Kambari (right) representing the Minister of State for Environment and the Registrar, EHCON, Dr. Yakubu Baba- Muhammad (left) in a tete a tete during the briefing in Abuja
      Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Environment, Mahmud Adam Kambari (right) representing the Minister of State for Environment and the Registrar, EHCON, Dr. Yakubu Baba- Muhammad (left) in a tete a tete during the briefing in Abuja

      The Hon Minister of State for Environment Dr. Iziaq Adekunle Salako has launched the National Deratization framework exercise to prevent and control the spread of Lassa fever in the Country.

      The Minister who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Environment, Mahmud Adam Kambari while briefing the Press in Abuja stated that ‘I stand to provide an update on the recent outbreak of Lassa Fever reported by 44 Army Refertal Hospital in Kaduna State and subsequent spread of the disease in the state ‘.

      He said the meeting with the State Emergency Response Team (SERT), has provided the etiological pattern of the disease. 12 suspected cases was recorded with 6 mortality, 2 additional cases originated from another facility in Barau Dikko Hospital, while 92 persons are under surveillance as contact person, adding that the team has visited the affected facility (44 Army Referral Hospital) on 25th of February 2024 which gathered information as follows:

      The general hygiene and cleanliness of the hospital was assessed as well as measures put in place to prevent the spread of the disease through disinfection and decontamination were both deemed effective and found adequate.

      The team further confirmed the efficacy of the treatment by using an ITP machine and use of sodium hydrochloride in correct proportion and formulation to ensure safety of the facility. Registrar, EHCON, Dr. Yakubu Baba- Muhammad answering questions from journalists after the briefing in Abuja
      Registrar, EHCON, Dr. Yakubu Baba- Muhammad answering questions from journalists after the briefing in Abuja

      The team recommended that the facility be deratized to reduce the population of the disease carrying vector, specifically rats.

      He noted that our’s in the Environment Sector is to provide solution, make the environment safe and unconducive for the vector to grow because it is responsible for the disease.

      Similarly, the Registrar, Environmental Health Council of Nigeria (EHCON), Dr. Yakubu Baba Muhammad reiterated that the Minister’s directives on all the facilities whether public or private should undergo derating exercise for examples hotels, markets, restaurants and recreation centres after which they will be issued Derating Exemption Certificate by EHCON.

      Dr. Yakubu disclosed that the ministry has directed the Council to embark on massive capacity building to update the knowledge of the practitioners on the new innovations, new approaches to control and address the disease.

      He added that component of health education, promotion and creation of awareness in the communities also plays an important role.

      “At the community level, the issue of waste management cannot be over emphasized. At this time and period, reminant food should not be exposed while our food stuff and stores should be rats proof. In the character of rats once there is no food, rats vacates the house”, He added.

      He further emphasized that another approach to combat the spread of this disease is by getting to the grassroot, it’s a collective responsibility as government is doing their job, citizens should do their parts.

      He also said farmers using roads for drying farm products should be discouraged from doing so because this gives rats to come and urinate, defecate; passing feaces that contains the virus that causes disease and contamination of the food.

      Dr. Yakubu warned that our communities should reduce or stop taking bush meat, saying is not healthy for now because the virus has residual effect even after the death of the animal.

      Ibrahim Haruna
      Head Press and Public Relations Unit

      "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
      -Nelson Mandela

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