The World Health Organisation (WHO), the Federal Government of Nigeria and State Governments are collaborating to reduce caseload of Lasser Fever and Cholera in Nigeria.
According to the WHO, from January to August 2013, a total of 1,111 suspected Lassa Fever cases, resulting in 33 deaths, were identified in 26 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in 12 states; of this caseload, 154 cases of Lassa Fever were confirmed by laboratory tests.
WHO further confirmed that 251 cholera cases were reported between January and August 2013 resulting in 19 deaths across 11 LGAs in six states.
The organization, therefore, called for reinforcement of active surveillance and public awareness on preventive measures in areas affected by and/or vulnerable to Lassa Fever. WHO called for the Clinicians and laboratory scientists to be sensitized on standard precautionary practice and case definitions, and for improved Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services to control the spread of cholera.