Dr Balarabe Shuni, the Sokoto state Commissioner for Health, has refuted reports of an outbreak of Lassa fever in the state.
“Sokoto has not registered any case of Lassa fever; we have not recorded any case of the dreaded rat-related disease,’’ Shuni told newsmen in Sokoto on Sunday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that Shuni, who was reacting to the reports, declared the speculations as “untrue”.
“The story is not true, but we are not resting on our oars; the state government will not be complacent.
“The Ministry of Health has trained 3,450 health personnel from the 23 local governments in readiness for any emergency measures on Lassa fever.
“They were trained on measures to take in case of any possible outbreak of the deadly disease.
“We have also established special isolation units fully kitted with all requirements in all hospitals, should any need arise.
“The state government has also provided ambulances and other needed specialised outfits in case of any unforeseen circumstances,’’ Shuni stressed.
The commissioner said that residents were being sensitised to ensure proper personal and environmental hygiene to keep rats and other rodents at bay. (NAN)

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