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Three out of five cases of Lassa Fever treated in Kogi as state establishes treatment centre


Three cases of Lassa Fever out of five have been successfully dealt with and patients discharged in Kogi State at the newly established Treatment Centre located at the Kogi State Specialist Hospital in Lokoja.

Gov. Yahaya Bello made the revelation at a One-Day Sensitisation meeting with Traditional Rulers, Local Government Administratiors and other stakeholders on Flood Mitigation, at the Government House in Lokoja.

The meeting was organised by Kogi State Ministry of Health in collaboration with World Health Organisation (WHO) to strengthen Lassa Fever surveillance, routine Immunization and primary health care services.

Governor Bello who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Mr Edward Onoja, said the state has so far recorded 100 per cent success rate in the management of the confirmed cases.

Bello noted that his administration had given utmost priority to delivering quality healthcare to the people through many healthcare programmes, timely release of fund and deployment of relevant manpower to curb outbreak in the state.

”Prompt flood responses have ensured the impacts of this yearly natural disaster are mitigated this we are able to achieve by timely release of fund and deployment of relevant manpower.

”The bedrock of health care delivery is an efficient Primary Health Care system. To this end, our government has sent a letter of Expression of Interest to the Hon. Minister for Health for the State to benefit from the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund.

”I have also assented to the bill for the establishment of Primary Health Care Under One Roof (PHCUOR) and released counterpart Fund for Supplemental Immunization Activities in the state.

”Furthermore, a befitting office accommodation has been secured for the State Primary health Care Development Agency.

”It is my earnest expectation that our collective efforts at strengthening Primary Health Care, would begin to yield fruits, health promotion, disease prevention and emergency preparedness; Kogi State shall be one of the best in Nigeria,” Bello said.

The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Saka Audu, said state government had recorded great achievement especially in the area of disease control and immunisation.

He explained that ministry had shown timely response to disease outbreaks and medical emergencies with a speed that had attracted national and international commendation.

He said they were able to partner with Nigeria Center for Disease Control to establish a Public Health Emergency Operations Center, currently operational.

On his part, Kennedy Adejoh, the WHO state Coordinator, said that the sensitisation was to build on what they had done, so that the incidences of the flood impacts could be reduced drastically.

He noted that the status of Routine Immunization in Kogi had increase tremendously from 38.5 in 2016 to 68 per cent as at the end of first quarter of 2019,


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