Lassa Fever: Sokoto Intensifies Surveillance As 3 Tests Return Negative

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The Sokoto government said on Wednesday that it has intensified surveillance across the state to contain the spread of lassa fever and disclosed that three suspected cases earlier taken to Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) Laboratory Centre for blood sample analysis have all come out negative.

Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal made the disclosure when he visited hospitals in Sokoto town as part of efforts to intensify awareness on the dangers of the disease, his spokesman Malam Imam Imam said in a statement.

At the State Specialist Hospital where he spoke, Tambuwal said necessary precaution has been put in place while technology has been deployed to help with surveillance in all the 23 local government areas of the state.

He said the monthly environmental sanitation introduced by the government has helped in the cleaning of environment, but residents still need to do more to maintain high hygiene standards.

The state Commissioner of Health, Dr. Balarabe Shehu, assured that the government has trained enough personnel to handle any possible outbreak of the ailment.

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