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Edo urges stakeholders’ support to tackle Lassa fever, as cases rise to 160

The Edo State Government has called for the support of residents and other stakeholders in addressing the scourge of Lassa fever in the state.

The Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Security, Stephen Idehenre, who made the appeal while speaking to journalists at the weekend, noted that the state has recorded a total of 160 cases with 20 deaths since the outbreak of the endemic in the state.

Idehenre noted that the government has constituted a team to lead its response against Lassa fever and is implementing nuanced measures to contain the disease.

According to him, “Since the outbreak of the disease in Edo, the state has recorded 160 cases and 20 deaths, representing a 13 percent death rate in the state.

"The disease is a pandemic that is still ravaging some communities across local government areas in Edo State. We call on everyone to join hands with the government and other relevant authorities to manage and keep the environment clean to contain this common enemy of mankind.

“On our part as a government, we have taken serious steps against the disease and through constant enlightenment and awareness creation ensure that our people are more enlightened about the dangers of Lassa fever".

 The Commissioner further restated that the state will flag off its farming season on Thursday, March 25, 2022.

He said, "The State Government will be flagging off the farming season on Thursday, 25th of March 2022. This year's farming season should be taken seriously as there will be an interface between farmers and off-takers. The government will provide motorbikes for extension workers to get feedback from extension officers.”

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