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More Nigerians dead as LASSA fever kills 3 in Rivers State

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Three people have been confirmed dead in Rivers State in the recent Lassa fever outbreak across the country as the State’s Ministry of Health have revealed they have initiated a proactive method to contain the outbreak.

Dr Chinwe Atata, the Rivers State Acting Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Health who spoke at a press briefing on Wednesday January 29, explained the efforts the State is taking to contain the virus.

“We have received preliminary confirmation that three of the samples tested positive to Lassa virus, the Rivers State Public Health Emergency Operation Centre had earlier commenced proactive effort for containment of the outbreak. All hands are on deck for facility decontamination, line-listing, presumptive prophylaxis and surveillance to ensure public health safety and security of people.”

”The state has procured large quantities of antiviral agents and isolation centres have been designated and are being setup across the teaching hospitals in state in case of any eventuality, the state government is doing everything to contain the Lassa virus.” she added while speaking on the isolation centres setup across teaching hospitals in the State.

Atata also called on Rivers State residents to promote good community hygiene and prevent rodents from entering their homes.

 
 
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