By Danzumi Ishaku.
Taraba state Commissioner for Health, Dr Innocent Vakkai said communities in seven local government areas of Taraba have been affected by Lassa fever virus.
Innocent Vakkai made this known on Wednesday at the one-day Sensitisation Workshop organised by the state Directorate of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) in Jalingo.
Our Correspondent reports that the workshop was to sensitise NYSC members against the prevalence of Lassa Fever and other contagious diseases.
The Commissioner mentioned the affected local government areas as Takum, Donga, Ibi, Gassol, Jalingo, Ardo Kola and Bali.
He said that already, 26 cases had been suspected, six confirmed and four deaths recorded in the state.
Also speaking Mrs Florence Yaakugh, State Coordinator of the NYSC urged member to maintain high level of hygiene and cleanliness at all times to avoid been affected with Lassa fever.
Yaakugh called on corps medical personnel to ensure that standard rules of protection was followed in the course of their duties and should refrain from taking hygiene issues for granted while discharging their professional duties.
The NYSC boss emphasized the need for hand sensitizers and encouraged them to alway cover left over foods and ensure that their environment was safe from all rodents especially rats which were identified as primary carriers of the disease.
She said that the organisation would partner with relevant agencies to mitigate the spread of the disease in the state.
“Today we are starting this sensitization in Jalingo. Zonal and local government Inspectors should cooperate with officials from Taraba state ministry of Health who will be at various Local Government Areas of the state to carryout sensitization to other corps members,’ Yaakugh said.
Our Correspondent reports that members of the one day sensitization team include Doctors from the state Ministry of health, World Health Organization Taraba field office and other critical stakeholder.