Chairman, Nigerian Medical Association, Kaduna State chapter, Dr. Mohammed Sani Ibrahim has yesterday disclosed that another health care worker has been infected by Lassa Fever virus in the state and currently isolated at the Infectious Disease Centre, IDC, Kakuri, Kaduna South local government area of the state.
Dr. Ibrahim who disclosed this while speaking to newsmen in Kaduna yesterday said that there are also two suspected cases in Ikara Local government area of the state, while the whereabouts of two other patients suspected of the virus, a male from Kachia Hospital and a female from Kawo general hospital who were referred to Barau Dikko specialist hospital in the state cannot be ascertained.
He explained further that the infected health worker is a female nurse and colleague of the doctor and nurse that died of Lassa Fever in the state last week.
It would be recalled that Kaduna State last week recorded its first case of Lassa Fever, which claimed the lives of three persons including a doctor, nurse and a pregnant woman in Zonkwa, Zango Kataf local government area of the state.
Dr. Ibrahim continued when he said no sample was taken from the two suspected patients because they disappeared on transit and no result was ascertained as to whether they are tested positive or negative of the virus.
He said all close contacts in the Zonkwa outbreak of the virus have remained under surveillance.
“10 primary contacts and 28 Secondary contacts of the Doctor and Nurse that died as a result of the Lassa fever virus are currently placed on surveillance,” he said.
The NMA Chairman advised the people to be vigilant and report anyone exhibiting all forms of symptoms of the virus highlighted.
He called on the public to observe a good community hygiene, including food hygiene and food protection practices.
On its part, Dr. Ibrahim said, the association is creating awareness on preventive measures, sensitizing the clinicians both in public and private set up to observe a Very high index of suspicion and to observe universal precautions as they handle patients in all facilities.
He assured that the medical association intends to sustain their sensitization and awareness creation efforts as a sure way to forestall spread and reduce death from infection.
“We are aware of the various efforts of the Federal and state governments in the creation and circulation of management protocols as well as supply of the antiviral drug (Ribavirin) which, if given early can reduce morbidity and mortality.
“We are also aware of the efforts of the state Epidemiology Unit and the State Rapid Response team who have ensured a timely response to all reports in the state.”

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