Delta declared Lassa fever free

Delta State has been declared free of Lassa fever disease, the Commissioner for Information, Patrick Ukah, has announced.


The commissioner made the information known in Asaba on Wednesday when he briefed newsmen on some of the decisions of the State Executive Council meeting.

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Ukah said the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Nicholas Azinge, told the council that following the death of one person in the state from Lassa fever, 55 quarantined persons had been cleared.

Azinge on August 22 confirmed the outbreak of Lassa fever disease in the state following the death of one person and 32 others placed on close surveillance.

According to Ukah, the 55 people have finally been declared free from the disease.

Ukah said: “I am happy to announce to you that the state has been declared free from Lassa fever but the general public has been advised to observe all sanitation laws.

The commissioner also announced the approval of the government to subsidise the cost of waste bins bought by government for use by households.

The bins cost N10,000 each.

He said that government would ensure that the channels of waste evacuations were strengthened to maintain and sustain cleaner and healthier environment and the wellbeing of the people.

Ukah said that government also approved the building of two public primary and five secondary schools in four local government areas to meet the education need of the people.

He said government further approved the appointment of three traditional rulers, namely: the Pere of Gbaramatu Kingdom in Warri South, Obi of Onicha Ukwu in Aniocha North and Obi Akazue Gbemudu II as the Ogbelani of Illah in Oshimili North local government areas.



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