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Bauchi govt reveals number of Lassa Fever-related deaths recorded in 2020

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Bauchi govt reveals number of Lassa Fever-related deaths recorded in 2020

The Bauchi State Government, on Thursday, disclosed that 19 deaths have been recorded from Lassa Fever in the state.

Baba Tela, Deputy Governor of the state said the deaths were recorded since January

Tela, who is the chairman of the state Task Force Committee on COVID-19 and Lassa Fever, spoke during a press briefing in the state capital.

The deputy governor also disclosed that 48 persons were undergoing monitoring and treatment.

According to Tela: “It is not as if we have gotten rid of Lassa fever completely in the state. We have not.

“So far as of week 14 of our campaign, the total number of deaths to Lassa fever is 19 and we don’t have any new case so far.

“We are also following up contacts of about 48 persons. Those 48 have been confirmed and are under medication and they are recovering very well.

“The most important thing again on the issue of Lassa fever is public awareness and that is what we are trying to do, telling the people what to do and what not to do.

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“For example, we have been educating people not to touch the body of a relative who dies of the disease because one can get infected by touching the body.

“We understand the pain of losing someone dear to you but people would say the last thing they would do for them is to wash them up in Islamic way and bury them.”

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