The Nigeria centre for disease control (NCDC) has recorded 829 cases of Lassa fever and 160 deaths, since the beginning of the year.
The latest situation report released for week 26 by the NCDC shows that there are 5,510 suspected cases of the infection across 98 Local government area in 24 states.
NCDC noted that “in week 26, the number of new confirmed cases decreased from 10 in week 22, 2022 to 9 cases. These were reported in Ondo, Edo, and Benue states”.
The immediate past president of National Resident Doctors, Dr Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi said prevention was key. “The government should create more treatment centres for Lassa fever”.
“Prevention is better than cure and we should create more awareness on need for hygiene”. he said.