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Emergency Phase For Lassa Fever Outbreak Now Over – NCDC

 

 

The Nigeria Centre for Illness Management (NCDC) has declared the emergency part of the 2020 Lassa fever outbreak, over.

This, based on the company, follows a successive decline in instances beneath the emergency threshold, and an epidemiological overview carried out by it (NCDC) and the World Well being Organisation (WHO).

On January 24, 2020, the NCDC had declared a Lassa fever outbreak and activated a nationwide Lassa fever Emergency Operations Centre (EOC).

This was in response to a rise in Lassa fever instances at first of the 12 months, exceeding the brink for an outbreak.

Because the starting of the outbreak, 979 confirmed instances together with 188 deaths have been recorded from 27 States together with the Federal Capital Territory as of April 19, 2020.

However based on the NCDC, the Lassa fever case rely has considerably declined within the final three weeks and has now dropped beneath ranges thought of to be a nationwide emergency.

“It is important to highlight that this year, there was a decline in case fatality of Lassa fever, from 23% in 2019 to 19% in 2020,” the company mentioned in an announcement.

The company famous that its strategic response was primarily based on 5 key priorities:

1. Improved preparedness by means of coaching of well being staff throughout the nation and a nationwide communications marketing campaign earlier than the outbreak

2. Early deployment of One-Well being Speedy Response Groups to affected States and deployment of surge employees to therapy centres

three. Institution of recent therapy centres and strengthening of current therapy centres

four. Distribution of medical, laboratory, therapy and an infection prevention and management provides to all states with confirmed instances

5. Implementation of Lassa fever Environmental response marketing campaign in excessive burden states by the Federal Ministry of Setting

Regardless of the top of the emergency part of the outbreak, the NCDC says it’s going to proceed to coordinate the nationwide multisectoral Lassa fever Technical Working Group (TWG).

This TWG would guarantee steady monitoring of instances, in addition to the strengthening of Lassa fever surveillance, diagnostic, therapy and different response actions throughout all ranges in Nigeria.

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