The Federal Government is to inaugurate a National Lassa Fever Action Committee in view of the outbreak of Lassa fever recorded in the country.
This hint is contained in a press release, signed by Mrs Boade Akinola, Director Media and Public Relation in the Federal Ministry of Health, and made available to newsmen on Sunday.
The statement, quoting the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewale, indicated that the ministry would convene an Emergency National Council on Health meeting to discuss the on-going Lassa fever outbreak in the country.
According to the statement, the committee will be inaugurated during the emergency meeting, scheduled to hold on Jan. 19.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Minister put the number of reported cases to 129.
He made this known on Jan.14 while addressing the Senate Committee on Health, headed by Sen. Lanre Tejuoso, on the outbreak of the disease in Nigeria.