FG blames Governors for spread of disease

The minister also said some states have refused to report cases of the disease reported in their domains.

Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole.

The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole has accused state Governors of not being pro-active in curbing the spread of the deadly Lassa Fever disease.

Punch Newspapers reports that he said this during the emergency National Council on Health meeting on Lassa fever, in Abuja.

Adewole  said “Ordinarily, we would not have called this meeting. We are worried and we should be worried. This is why this meeting is important. This battle is not for us alone. It is a nationwide exercise.”

Adding that “We currently have testing capability in 14 testing centres some of which are in Maiduguri, Kano, Iddo, Irrua, Lagos, Port Harcourt and the FCT. We have treatment centres all over the country. We have enough personnel for managing Lassa fever. Unlike Ebola Virus Disease that is untreatable, Lassa fever is treatable. But we must start treatment on time to enable us to save the patients.”

According to reports, the disease has spread to 17 states of the federation.

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