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Lassa Fever: Nigeria Steps Up Measures To Control Outbreak

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Lassa Fever: Nigeria Steps Up Measured To Control Outbreak

Nigeria has begun stepping up its measures to control the Lassa fever outbreak in the country, that has already claimed the lives of 42 persons since January.  Lassa fever has become an annual occurrence in the country and proven to be one of the most significant threats to Nigeria’s health care system.

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Nigeria recorded the highest reported cases in the history of the disease in last year.  The World Health Organization is scaling up its response to the outbreak by collaborating with tertiary health institutions to strengthen the rapid containment of the disease.

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In the city of Jos in Plateau State, eight deaths have been reported and over 40 confirmed cases recorded so far.  The state government has started a sensitization and awareness program for health workers and community leaders to prevent the spread.

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Lassa Fever: 10 Killed, 28 New Cases Confirmed In Plateau

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Lassa Fever: 10 Killed, 28 New Cases Confirmed In Plateau State

The Plateau State Commissioner for Health, Dr Kunden Deyin has confirmed ten persons have died of Lassa Fever in the State, and 28 new cases of the disease have been recorded.

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Deyin says 64 cases were taken to the laboratory for confirmation out.  28 were confirmed with Lassa Fever.

The health commissioner said one of the confirmed cases was imported from Kaduna State, adding that most of the affected persons were responding to treatment.

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Deyin advised residents of the state to report immediately to the nearest health facility if they felt any form of fever.

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Measles Outbreak Kills Over 900 In Madagascar, Says WHO

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Measles Outbreak Kills Over 900 In Madagascar, Says WHO

The World Health Organisation says an epidemic of measles in Madagascar has caused more than 900 deaths. W.H.O figures show there have been more than 68,000 cases of the disease in which 553 deaths were confirmed and another 373 suspected from measles since the outbreak began in September.

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Those most at risk are infants from nine to 11 months old.

W.H.O spokesperson Tarik Jasarevic says, the epidemic is blamed on a low immunisation rate for measles across the island nation over a period of many years. He says, W.H.O and UNICEF figures the vaccination rate is estimated to be less than 60 percent.

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Madagascar has launched a nationwide campaign to try to bring the outbreak under control, through mass vaccination campaigns and surveillance.

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Malaria And Mortality Rate Decrease By Half In Rwanda – WHO

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Malaria And Mortality Rate Decrease By Half In Rwanda - WHO

The World Health Organisation says, severe cases of malaria and mortality in Rwanda have since decreased by half following contingency plan that was put in place two and a half years ago.

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W.H.O report released last year shows an estimated reduction in the country’s malaria burden, with 430,000 fewer cases recorded in 2017 than the previous year.

The achievements are attributed to many factors including the role of community health workers. Information from Rwanda biomedical center indicates that more than half of malaria cases are now treated by community health workers.

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With the introduction of Home Based Management of malaria (HBM) for both adults and children through community health workers, malaria patients are being diagnosed and treated early.

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