State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Innocent Vakkai, disclosed this on Saturday in Jalingo while addressing journalists.
Vakkai said that 15 suspected cases were reported and samples of the persons taken for diagnosis in Lagos, where five cases were confirmed to be Lassa fever and the others were cases of ailments other than Lassa fever.
According to Vakkai, two of the persons have been treated and discharged while two more were still undergoing treatment.
“I can confirm to you that we have lost one person to the scourge of Lassa fever while two are currently hospitalized and are responding well to treatment. Two other persons who were also diagnosed with the scourge have been treated and discharged and have reunited with their families”, he said.
The Health Commissioner who said the Government had put in place measures to ensure rapid response to suspected cases of Lassa fever, and other contagious disease outbreak in the State, called on people to avoid practices that would make them vulnerable.
He said the massive media campaigns by the State Government, to provide sensitization and proactive measures have helped a lot, as the instances of infection so far are much less compared with last year’s figures.
Vakkai used the opportunity to called on pregnant women and nursing mothers to take advantage of facilities put in place by the Government to help reduce the prevalence rate of maternal and child mortality, adding that commendable success have been recorded in that regard by the Ishaku’s administration.