The Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Health, Dr Dominic Ukpong, has warned residents of the state against habits that could encourage the spread of Lassa fever in the state.
Dr Ukpong gave the warning on Friday while speaking to Channels Television in Uyo.
The Commissioner said so far, one case was recorded and that the patient was undergoing treatment while six suspected cases were being investigated.
Dr Ukpong spoke on the causes of the disease, mode of transmission, prevention and treatment.
He enumerated measures taken by the State Ministry of Health to combat the problem.
These measures include intensive public enlightenment and surveillance, he therefore urged the people to report suspected cases early for diagnosis and treatment.
Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, on Friday, commissioned a residential accommodation complex for medical staff of the new Ibom Specialist Hospital.
Located in Shelter Afrique Estate in Uyo, the facility has 40 apartments, with a total of 146 rooms. The complex has a central water treatment plant, fire protection, supermarkets, recreation facilities, among others.
Governor Emmanuel said that the commissioning symbolised a major milestone in the march towards the realization of excellent healthcare for the people. He lauded the immediate past administration in the state for initiating the project.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Dominic Ukpong, who described the good accommodation and security as key components that boost the performance of health workers, said that the commissioning of the residential quarters marked a turning point in healthcare delivery in Akwa Ibom State.
The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Yemi Johnson, announced that the hospital would commence operations in the next week.
The event was attended by medical professionals and members of the executive council.