Rilwanu Mohammed, executive chairman, Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (BASPHCDA) has disclosed that 41 persons have died of Lassa fever from January to date in the state.
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Mohammed, who said this in Bauchi on Saturday, noted that Lassa fever is more deadly than coronavirus.
He explained that a case of coronavirus reported early has a greater chance to get treated and recover.
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He added that most cases of lassa fever were reported late, resulting in the number of deaths of patients.
“We just recorded another two deaths resulting from Lassa fever. This has brought the total number of deaths as a result of lassa fever to forty-one.
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“Coronavirus has been with us since 23rd of March this year, however, we have only recorded three deaths as a result of the virus.
“Most of Coronavirus cases reported early, have greater chances to recovery compare to lassa fever infested people,” he said.
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He expressed concern that lassa fever patients always seek medical attention late.
According to him, patients do not visit the hospital until they have fever and start bleeding from faeces, when it is already late.
“Now we have 41 people who have lost their lives due to lassa fever contrast to three people who have lost their lives to Coronavirus,” he further said.
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He stated that the state government has intensified training of staff on how to carry out effective fumigation and spraying.
He pointed out that the government will embark on massive spraying and decontamination of communities, in order to combat the disease in the state.
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He, however, urged residents to also contribute their own quota by always reporting any suspected case of lassa fever, as early diagnosis and treatment can help patients recover.