With one suspected case of Lassa fever outbreak reported in Plateau State with one death recorded, the government has declared an emergency in the heath sector.
As a result, the state government has directed the health ministry to constitutes an emergency team to embark on the massive screening of people to stop the spread of the epidemic to rural areas.
According to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Gwatau Habila Abel, said Plateau state is working in conjunction with the federal government health personnel to educate the people in the 17 local government area with a kick-off of the programme in Langtang LGA.
Abel said government has increase its sensitisation and awareness campaign on the dangers of the scourge after one suspected case has been sent for screening in Lagos laboratory.
He explained further that the ministry of health has written to government to supply them with more drugs to contain with the outbreak of the disease in the state.
He emphasised that government is on top of lassa fever outbreak were a patient was suspected to have contacted the symptoms and later died in the hospital of which her corpse had been under diagnosis to identify the immediate cause before making it public.
“We have recorded one case and the person was transported to the federal medical centre where different treatment is going on to know main cause of his death”. he said.