The Bauchi State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Halima Muqaddas, has confirmed the death of four patients out of the five cases of Lassa fever in Bauchi, Alkaleri and Ganjuwa local government areas of the state.
Dr. Halima Muqaddas, made the confirmation on Friday while addressing journalists in Bauchi.
“We have confirmed five cases of Lassa fever from January 24 to date. Three cases from Bauchi local government area and the three are dead,” the commissioner said.
“In Alkaleri, we had one case and the patient died while in Ganjuwa, it was only one case and the person is alive and is being treated.
“The cases were found in different local governments that we have never had a single case in previous years.
“This disease is due to the non adherence to advice on personal and environmental hygiene,” she said.
Muqaddas said all suspected cases would be quarantined at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital (ATBU), Bauchi.
The commissioner directed all health facilities in the state to treat all cases with caution to fast-track diagnosis of the disease.