Owing to the current outbreak of lassa fever in more than ten states, the Delta State Government said it has constituted rapid response teams to be on red alert at the Asaba International Airport and Osubi airstrip near Warri to prevent border transfer of the disease.
Addressing journalists in Asaba on the state government’s effort to prevent lassa fever, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Nicholas Azinge, in company of his counterpart in the Ministry of Information, Mr. Patrick Uka, said the state has chosen to be proactive and work ahead of time to stop its spread in the state.
According to the health commissioner, “We are going to maintain constant border patrol on areas having common boundaries with neighbouring affected states such as Ika South, Ika North-East, Aniocha North, Oshimili North, Ethiope East, Ethiope West and Warri North that have common boundaries with Edo and River States to forestall possible importation of this disease.”
Azinge, who maintained that no case of lassa fever has been reported in Delta, disclosed that necessary actions have been put in place to prevent its spread in the state, saying ‘there is no cause for alarm’, and urged Deltans and residents to be vigilant and call any emergency number for any suspected case of lassa fever being noticed in the area.
He advised residents not to spread food items along the roadside, avoid eating rats, keep their surroundings clean, cover all food items and water properly, as well as avoid touching rats to avoid contacting the disease.
“On the way forward, the ministry of health and the state have chosen to be proactive about the disease in Delta State by preventing it, by placing all coordinators on red alert with emphasis on maintaining barriers in all suspected cases of lassa fever.
“Radio and television jingles have commenced, surveillance and contact tracing have also been intensified in the state within the 25 local government councils and rapid response teams have also been placed on red alert to respond to emergencies in the state,” he added.

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