October 16, 2018

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Nigeria has recorded 47 deaths from Lassa fever – Minister

Nigeria has recorded 47 deaths from Lassa fever – Minister

Contrary to reports that over 80 people had died as a result of the outbreak of Lassa fever in the country, the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole has insisted that the number of deaths recorded in Nigeria as a result of Lassa fever in the country remained 47.

Prof. Adewole told the members of joint House Committee on Health, who had asked him to explain the number of deaths so far recorded as a result of the Lassa fever outbreak in the country and efforts made to eradicate the virus said what had been confirmed officially nation wide was 47 deaths and that any other figure published by the media was mere suspicion.

The minister, who disclosed this while presenting his brief on 2015 budget performance at the National Assembly also said that he had instructed airport authorities to screen passengers coming into the country for Lassa fever and Zika virus. Read more

 

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