Sokoto state government has confirmed two persons suspected to be having Lassa fever symptoms after they were identified by medical personnel at various hospitals.
Our correspondent findings revealed that the blood samples of the affected persons have been sent for laboratory tests.
The two cases were identified at Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital and State Specialist Hospital, all situated within the state capital, Sokoto.
An official of the State Specialist Hospital who spoke to our correspondent on condition of anonymity confirmed that a 9 year-old boy has been admitted into the hospital after he had experienced severe fever symptoms.
“A patient was admitted in our hospital. He had a severe fever symptom including vomiting and bleeding through his nostril.
The patient has been relocated to an isolated ward for observation and intensive treatment. We are not sure of the ailment, but hope is not that of lassa fever because it carries the same symptoms,” the hospital source explained.
Also speaking, the Chief Medical Director, Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, UDUTH, Dr. Yakubu Ahmed also confirmed that a woman who was suspected of having lassa fever symptoms was admitted in the hospital.
“On the 5th January, 2016, a 24 year old pregnant woman was referred to our hospital for admission. She lost the pregnancy due to high fever and excess bleeding and eventually died few days later.
“In order not to take chances, we have collected the blood samples and sent to the appropriate authorities for laboratory tests. We are expecting the result after 48 hours to establish the fact about the symptoms experienced by the deceased.” Ahmed said.
When contacted, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Balarabe Shehu Kakale confirmed the two cases in an interview.
He added that the state government is already alerted and has taken measures to checkmate the position of the outbreak in the state.
His words: “We have collected the blood samples of the persons involved and now en route to Lagos State for necessary laboratory investigations. We are on top of the situation I can assure you.” Kakale explained.
He reiterated that there is no confirmed cases of Lassa fever in the state yet, until the medical results prove otherwise.
The commissioner disclosed that a response team has been setup for surveillance, clinical management, contact, identification and tracing purposes of the ailment.
He, however urged Sokoto residents to be vigilant and improve on their personal hygiene. “I urged the people in the state to key into Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal’s environmental sanitation initiative, as to curtail any outbreak.” Kakale advised.

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