Cases of Lassa Fever have been recorded at the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital, DASH, Lafia, Nasarawa State capital, with two of the patients who have been confirmed by the hospital authorities already on admission at the hospital.
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Daniel Iya, confirmed the development to newsmen at a press briefing yesterday. He added that the victims, an 18-year old student and a 34-year old man were brought to the specialist hospital on December 21 and 24 last year, respectively.
He explained that the patients were still alive and receiving treatment, noting that all their contacts had been identified and placed on surveillance.
He stated further that the state government had commenced public enlightenment campaigns to inform and educate the public on the dangers of the disease, adding that plans were on top gear to sensitise health workers at the primary and secondary levels in the state to improve on their index of suspicion.
He called on the general public to avoid panic as the disease was not airborne.