By Chioma Umeha
The Bauchi State government has unveiled its plan to establish isolation and diagnosis centres for the treatment of infectious diseases including lassa fever.
This was disclosed yesterday by the state Commissioner for health, Dr Halima Mukaddas when he received the delegation of the Community Health Research Initiative led by the Zonal Coordinator, Dr Aminu Magashi on a courtesy call.
She said the centres will be established with the support of the federal government in order to manage the outbreak of the infectious disease.
“With the support of the Federal Government, we have identified that there is a need for a diagnostic center in the state and the federal government will support us to establish a diagnosis centre.
The state government will also establish an isolation centre for all infections diseases so that we will will be able to take proper care of those that are already infected with such communicable and infectious diseases like lassa fever.
Following the outbreak of lassa fever that started in November last year, we have had six confirmed cases and we have put measures in place to curtail it by embarking on increased sensitization and awareness on how people can prevent themselves from contracting the disease.
We also procured medications to give to those that came into contact with confirmed cases so that it will prevent them from contracting the disease”.
Dr Halima thereby gave the asusrance to partner with the media and Non Governmental Organizations in promoting health care services in the state.
Dr Mukaddas expressed her determination to implement the five point health agenda launched by Governor Abubakar across the state especially in rural areas.
She said “We will establish leagues of friends in all the health facilities in the state to ensure communities are involve in various interventions that we planned for our people because community structure is very important to ensure that the five point health agenda is successful.
Earlier, the zonal coordinator of CHR, Dr Aminu Magashi congratulated the Commissioner for her appointment and assured them of their support for the success of all health projects in the state.
Also speaking, the state coordinator of Evidence for Action, a UKAID project, Ahmed Mohammed said the aim of the visit is to assure her of their support in achieving the five point health agenda .
“We all must work together to ensure that the five point agenda becomes a success.” he said.