Four people out of the 53 who were suspected to be infected with Lassa fever in Gombe state has been confirmed dead by the Gombe state.
The unfortunate development was confirmed by Nuhu Bille, the acting State Epidemiologist in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gombe.
He said, “This year, we recorded 53 suspected cases of Lassa fever and out of them we have four confirmed cases and the four of them died at the isolated centre at the Federal Teaching Hospital while receiving treatment.”
Speaking further on the Lassa fever incidence, Mr Bille urged members of the public to always report fever cases to hospitals as early detection is key to effective treatment of Lassa fever.
“November to March 2019 is a period we expect the outbreak of Lassa fever, the most important thing in managing the case is early detection.
“When you detect it on time 75 per cent of chances of survival is there, so people should report to the hospitals on time before it will be too late because it is free of charge.
“If you have symptoms of fever, cough and catarrh that refuse to go with our conventional drugs within two days, you should report to the hospital,” he said.
He assured there are enough drugs to treat the disease effectively for five years hence, the need to report as soon as possible.
He also revealed there were seven cases of cholera outbreak reported within the period under review.
He said while over 546 people were successfully treated, 18 people died from the disease.
The outbreaks, according to him were recorded in Balanga, Funakaye, Gombe, and Yamaltu, Deba local Government Areas of the state. Mr Bille also commended the state epidemic preparedness and response committee for addressing the cases.