Irked by the current outbreak of dreaded Lassa fever in 10 states of Nigeria, Delta State government says it has constituted the state 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.
Speaking to newsmen in Asaba yesterday on the state government’s effort at preventing the dreaded Lassa fever from spreading to the state, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Nicholas Azinge flanked by his counterpart in the Ministry of Information, Mr. Patrick Uka, said that the state had 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 the neighbouring affected states geographically; they include Ika South, Ika North-East, Aniocha North, Oshimili North, Ethiope East, Ethiope West and Warri North that have common boundaries with Edo State and little of Rivers State to forestall possible importation of this disease.”
Dr. Azinge, who maintained that no case of Lassa fever had been reported in Delta State, disclosed that all necessary action had been put in motion to prevent its spread in the state, saying “there is no cause for alarm,” but urged Deltans and residents to be vigilant and call any emergency number for any suspected case of Lassa fever noticed in the area.
He advised residents not to spread food items along the road side, avoid eating rat as bush meat, keep their surroundings clean, cover all food items and water properly as well as avoid ceremonies of touching rat to avoid contacting the disease.
“On the way forward, the Ministry of Health and the state have chosen to be proactive in the disease case in Delta State by preventing it from coming rather than curing by placing all the coordinators on red alert with emphasis on maintaining barrier in all suspected cases of Lassa fever,” he emphasised.
“Radio and television jingles have commenced and are ongoing; surveillance and contact tracing have also been intensified in the state within the 25 local government rapid response team has also been placed on red alert to respond to emergencies in the state,” he added.

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