Kano state governor Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje assured that the state government is determined to the good and effective management of reported Lassa Fever in the state, which claimed 3 lives and leaves 2 others on treatment, whom are responding to treatment.
Few years back, reminded the governor "Kano had confirmed 2 cases of the problem, that were effectively and efficiently managed. When the affected persons were treated accordingly and were finally discharged from the Isolation Centre they continued with their life."
From the last experience the state had, Ganduje encouraged that, this time around the state is re-doubling efforts towards a successful management of the problem.
Adding that "We are seeing good result in that. While people should be very vigilant in using the words of caution from the state Ministry of Health, they should also not be panicked as the state is doing everything possible to tame the situation."
"All in an effort to effectively address the situation we quickly, with all sense of reasoning and concern, reactivated State Isolation Centre at 'Yar Gaya and Rapid Response Team (RRT).
State Emergency Preparedness and Response Committee becomes very regular and pre-positioning of drugs and other consumables becomes absolutely necessary," he reveals.
Other measures according to him, are experts role in contact tracing of Lassa Fever. While daily Coordination Meeting at the State Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) is observed religiously without any recourse to lackadaisical attitude.
Another important stage under this, is that of surveillance. Under this, governor Ganduje reveals that, "We engage our traditional and religious institutions being closer to communities and we do not relent in keeping our people informed and abreast on Lassa Fever through both media and other communication platforms."
He discloses that the burial rites of the deceased ones were conducted in good line with standard protocols.
Governor Ganduje also faults an erroneous report by a section of the media which reported that, the state had "292 cases of Lassa Fever."
He said "The cases currently are 5. With 3 deaths and the remaining 2 are receiving treatment. They are also responding to medications. So the issue of 292 'cases' is unintentionally erroneous."
Explaining further that "The 292 are only on Contact Tracing. That's all. It is when the number (292) is confirmed to be positive, then we can talk of cases."
"There are 3 stages to this. First stage is Contact Tracing then Sensitisation, where people are informed about the menace and may be in the process, health workers get reported concerns. It is from there that confirmed cases are established. Then treatment stage. I therefore repeat that the 292 are only Contact Tracing," he clarifies.