Borno Govt. Confirms First Case Of Lassa Fever

Lassa Fever, Plateau State, Kamshak KundenThe Borno State Government has confirmed the diagnosis of Lassa fever in a 32-year-old woman in Zabarmari, a village located on the outskirts of Maiduguri metropolis.

The Commissioner of Health, Dr. Haruna Mshelia, who said this noted that incident was the first to be recorded in the state in northeast Nigeria.

Dr. Mshelia said the survivor fell sick last week and was admitted at a government hospital in Maiduguri, while a sample of her blood was taken to Lagos for test and returned positive.

He said though the situation was under control as the victim was responding to treatment, the ministry had to summon all stakeholders, including traditional rulers to sensitise the public on the need to ensure proper sanitation and avoid eating rodents, especially rats.

The commissioner noted that officials from the ministry had visited Zabarmari where they identified 23 people who had contact with the victim.

“So far we are in contact with 23 of her relations and we are following them up; all of them are healthy.

“But this disease takes between two to 21 days to develop; so we will not stop following them up until this period elapses,” he said.

Dr. Mshelia stressed further that those suspected to have personal contact have been quarantined.

He hinted that the ministry would soon embark on house-to-house fumigation, assuring the people of the state that there was no cause for alarm.

“We have formed teams that are to follow the relations, teams that are to go to the hospital and ensure that single case is treated properly and nobody catches the disease, and we have enlightened teams among others,” he said.

The incident management team, according to the commissioner, comprises “the state ministry of health, the Federal Government’s Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), and our partners chiefly the World Health Organisation and the Borno State Environmental Protection Agency (BOSEPA)”.

Mshelia explained that “the role of BOSEPA is to move to Zabarmari and we will try to see if we can catch few of the rats for examination.

“Then the whole town will be fumigated house-to-house, to get rid of the rats that are there that could be infected”.

A report published in January 2017 by the NCDC had warned on the increased number of Lassa fever cases, even as it advised increased focus on prevention and preparedness.

The report indicated that from December 2016, Nigeria has recorded 19 cases of Lassa fever and six deaths in seven states.

58 Killed, 139 Injured In Maiduguri Bomb Blasts

Maiduguri58 people have been reported killed while 139 were injured following the multiple bombings that hit strategic points of Maiduguri the Borno State capital.

The Borno State Commissioner of Police, Clement Adoda, confirmed this to the media on Saturday.

The Chief Medical Director of Borno State Specialists Hospital, Dr Salisu Kwaya Bra, had earlier told Channels Television that more than 50 people died in the multiple blast.

“So far 50 dead bodies have been received here from the three blasts and 36 injured persons are receiving treatment at our Accident and Emergency Unit,” he disclosed to journalists at the hospital.

At the hospital mortuary, an attendant also confirmed that “more corpses were being brought to the morgue apart from the ones already on ground”.

The anonymous source had also explained that more corpses might be recorded because some victims of the blast had been taken to the University Teaching Hospital and others to Umaru Shehu Hospital.

The first blast which occurred near a local market along Baga road around 12:00 noon was said to have claimed some lives at the scene before the second, which happened at the popular Monday market at about 12:05 noon local time.

Witnesses said that the blast occurred close to the scene of the last November 2014 blast which killed scores of people.

A resident told Channels Television, “A tricycle was about to enter the popular Baga market at about 12 noon and speedily the blast occurred from the tricycle.

“The exploded scene was crowded as there were many merchants there and many people may have died in the explosion,” he said.

Residents said that they heard another heavy sound within the metropolis at about 12:32 noon

Most roads in Maiduguri metropolis were condoned off to avoid further attack as youth volunteers mounted heavy surveillance in many parts of the city.

Saturday’s bombings in Maiduguri, Borno State is the latest since security forces commenced severe operation in the northeast after the shift of the 2015 general election with a view to curtail the activities of the insurgents in the troubled region.


JTF Kill Top Boko Haram Commander In Maiduguri

The military Joint Task Force (JTF) in Borno State has killed a top commander of Boko Haram terrorists’ sect, Mohammed Chad, in a joint special operation with the Department of State Security Services (DSSS) in the Ruwan Zafi Ward of Maiduguri metropolis at 3am on Friday.

This was contained in a statement by JTF spokesman, Lt. Col Sagir Musa on Saturday.

Chad, according to the statement “had been on the wanted list of the security task force since last year; and allegedly masterminded the multiple attacks and killings on Sanda Kyarimi Secondary School, where a teacher on March 18 was shot dead and three female students injured”.

The statement also said: “This special operation led to the death of a notorious Boko Haram terrorist, aka Mohammed Chad, an indigene of Marte in Borno State that  has been on the  wanted list of JTf. Intelligence report revealed that he was involved in the planning and execution of many terror attacks in and outside Borno State.

“Chad was also suspected have succeed Ba,ana Assalafi, a key BH Commander that lost his life during a shootout with security agencies in Sokoto.”