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NCDC expands Nigeria’s response to Lassa fever

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says it has worked out modalities in response to the Lassa fever outbreaks across the country to strengthen rapid containment of the disease.

The Director-General, NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, said that the risk communication activities by the centre on radio, television, print, social media and applying other strategies including community engagement would be deployed for the engagement.

He reassured Nigerians that the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), through the NCDC was committed to protecting the health of the people from the threat of infectious diseases.

The Director-general urged the public to share information only from verifiable sources, to avoid the spread of rumours, panic and fear.

He noted that health security was a responsibility cut out for every Nigerian, health care workers, the government, private sector and the public.

 “To stop Lassa fever, Nigerians must focus more on improving environmental sanitation to avoid contact with rats,’’ he said.

He said that the NCDC has expanded its diagnostic capacity for Lassa fever and would continue to increase awareness.

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