The Federal Medical Centre, (FMC) Bida Niger State has set up a rapid response team to handle any outbreak of lassa fever in the area.
The medical director of the centre, Dr Mohammed Aminu-Usman said in his office in Bida on Wednesday that the members of the team are doctors who specialize in various fields.
He said the team which is headed by Dr Unice Nmadu will be charged with the responsibility of attending to any emergency case on the dreaded fever in the area.
The MD explained that the team will be on 24 hours service and that their phone numbers had been placed at strategic locations within and outside the hospital for people to report suspected cases of lassa fever.
Usman said that a ward had been renovated and fully equipped and isolated for treatment of any suspected lassa fever case.
He said the centre had organized workshops to sensitise all the staff on the causes, dangers and treatment modes of lassa fever.
He noted that this would enable them to reach out to the public through enlighment campaigns.
He advised the people to keep their environment clean, emphasizing on the importance of good sanitary habits.