John Shiaondo, Makurdi
Benue State House of Assembly has urged the state government through Ministry of Health to enlighten the populace on measures that could enable them prevent the outbreak of lassa fever.
In a motion of urgent public importance moved by the house committee Chairman on Health, Dr Adoga Onah from Oju 1 state constituency, yesterday he stated that a good number of states in the North such as Gombe, Taraba, Bauchi, Nasarawa among others were affected by the dreaded disease called lassa fever.
He stated that since the disease had affected some of the neighbouring states with Benue, there was the possibility of the disease spreading to the state if not properly handled.
According to Dr. Onah, lassa fever had semblance with Ebola and Malaria, and it is symptomless in 80 per cent cases and about 20 per cent show manifestation of symptoms.
“The disease affect all organs of the body, therefore adequate care had to be taken in order to prevent the disease from spreading to the state,” he noted.
Mr Johnson Ahubi of Otukpo/Akpa constituency who seconded the motion, pointing out that one case of the disease was reported in the state at the Benue State University Teaching Hospital.
Ruling on the matter Speaker of the House, Mr Terkimbi Ikyange called on the state ministry of Information to sensitize the public on the danger pose by rats in relation with the disease.
Ikyange further charged the public to develop and cultivate conscious efforts aimed at keeping their surroundings clean to prevent outbreak of lassa fever and other diseases.
He also called on the state ministry of Health to enlighten the populace on how best they could handle their food items to prevent both domestic and bush rats from contaminate them.