Lassa Fever: ‘We’ll eradicate disease by April,’ Health Minister says

The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole made the comment on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 during an interview in Abuja.

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The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole has said that the federal government will eradicate Lassa fever from Nigeria by April 2016.

Adewole made the comment on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 during an interview with Punch.

“We want to assure Nigerians that Lassa fever will soon become a thing of the past. It will become history in Nigeria. Ordinarily, Lassa fever will be eradicated from Nigeria in April. But if we do nothing, it will come back by August,” he said.

“So, we will make sure that we work all-year round to make sure that there is no resurgence in August. Our target is to eradicate it in April. Even if we have one or two cases, we will treat them early because all our antennae will be out to treat any case,” he added.

Adewole had earlier said that 212 cases of Lassa fever had been recorded in 17 states across the country.

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