Plateau State has recorded cases of Lassa fever disease at two hospitals in Jos, the state’s capital.
The state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Kamshak Kunden, said four deaths were recorded from five reported cases of the disease which occurred in January.
He revealed that three deaths were recorded at the Jos University Teaching Hospital while the other patient died at the Bingham Teaching Hospital, all in Jos.
Dr. Kunden attributed the high mortality rate to late presentation of patients to healthcare facilities.
He explained that Lassa fever is best managed when patients start taking the drug within the first week of contracting the disease.
The Commissioner stated further that getting the drug to manage the disease was difficult as it was not sold in the open market.
He said that the Ministry of Health had commenced sensitisation in the 17 local government areas of the state, to enlighten the people on how to prevent the disease.
The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, north central zone has confirmed the death of 32 persons and 47 injured in the twin bomb blast that occurred earlier in the commercial centre of Jos.
Coordinator of the Agency told one of our correspondents that members of the agency combed various hospitals where victims were taken to for treatment which informed the increase in the number of casualty recorded so far.
However, Commissioner of Police in the State argued that the casualty figure was 16 deaths and 14 injured victims.
The suicide bombers targeted the terminus market where traders usually engaged in night trading called ‘Kasuwa Dere’ which is said to attract people who drop by to pick some food stuffs on their way home after the day’s job.
So far, 47 persons have been confirmed dead in the blast while the injured are receiving treatment at various hospitals across the city but the police have a different figure to that of NEMA.
Three major hospitals, Plateau Specialist Hospital, Bingham Teaching Hospital and Our Lady of Apostles have been treating victims for various injuries which as placed all medical personnel on emergency duty.
The affected area has been condoned off by security personnel while the National Emergency Agency Management, Nigeria security and Civil Defence Corps as well as the anti bomb squad are still on ground keeping vigil.