The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole has briefed the House of Representatives’ joint Committees of Health institutions and Health care services on current status of the outbreak of Lassa fever in the country.
In a press statement issued to Nigerian Pilot, Adewole indicated that a ministerial Committee, comprising ministries of Information, Environment and Agriculture had been inaugurated to tackle Lassa fever aside a Lassa fever eradication committee and various sub-committees on Advocacy, Mapping, and Surveillance, which were similarly inaugurated.
The Minister also informed that the health ministry is set to reactivate more laboratories, improve environmental sanitation and do away with the conspiracy of silence which he said was responsible for the high rate of mortality recorded by most communities who did not inform health care workers on time about the disease.
The briefing was which took place at the National Assembly complex, Abuja, was in response to the invitation extended to the Minister by the joint committees to intimate the House and place on record, the Ministry’s preparedness to tackle the menace .
In his presentation, titled, ‘Laying the foundation for a multi –sectorial Response to Lassa Fever’, Professor Adewole said that the disease had become endemic in the West African region.
Responding, the Chairman of the joint committee, Honourable Chike John Okafor, said that the minister’s invitation was informed by the need to stop further spread and loss of lives due to the disease.
Okafor further commended the ministry of for not resting on its oars in putting the disease at bay. He said that he was optimistic that the Ministry would get Nigeria a clean bill of health as it is gets closer to being certified by the WHO as a polio free nation.

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