Borno records suspected case of Lassa fever

Daily Nigerian

The Borno state government has said that one suspected case of Lassa fever was reported in Jere local government area of the state.

Health commissioner in the state, Haruna Mshelia told newsmen in Maiduguri, the case was reported in Zabarmari community of the local government, with the patient initially quarantined but discharged after medical examinations.

“The patient was discharged after medical examination certified him free of Lassa fever infection.

“It is medically proven that the case was not Lassa fever as earlier suspected,” he said.

Mr Mishelia disclosed that the state government had also soft-pedaled up surveillance to contain spread of River Blindness in prone areas.

He noted that River Blindness and cholera diseases were more prevalent during rainy season, adding that proactive measures had been put in place to contain disease.

he added that “Assorted drugs are distributed to endemic areas. State preparedness for endemic disease such as cholera is in place.”

The commissioner added that the state government in collaboration with development partners was providing free treatment to leprosy and tuberculosis patients.

According to him, more than 2.7 million mosquito treated nets were also distributed to households while 888, 905 doses of malarial drug were distributed to children under five years of age in the state.