Ebonyi earmarks N250m to fight lassa fever

Lassa fever
Lassa fever

The Ebonyi State Government has earmarked over N250 million to  check  lassa fever epidemic  in the state.

Last week, Governor David Umahi  declared state of emergency in the health sector following the increasing cases of lassa fever  in the state.

But on Thursday night,  Umahi  while inspecting the level of work done on the lassa fever virology centre under construction by his administration at the Federal Medical Centre in Abakaliki, said that equipment for the centre had already been acquired..

He  added that  the approval of  sum by the state Executive Council would  ensure that  the centre  was  up and running within the three- week  timeline given to the committee in charge of the project.

The governor  disclosed that the council  also approved four ambulances and four dialysis machines to be stationed in  designated hospitals in the three senatorial zone of the state and at the teaching hospital


He said, “EXCO  went further today(Thursday) to approve four ambulances to attack lassa fever. One should be in Abakaliki here and one should be in each of the designated hospitals in the three senatorial zones.

“We  have also directed that emergency building or caravan  be constructed. It is not good to allow any suspected  lassa fever patient to go to our general hospital or primary health care centre because it could further spread and that is why we  want to isolate any case identified through advocacy campaign.

“We have also approved as Exco members  four sets of dialysis machines apart from the other equipment associated with lassa fever approved for the centre. One of the dialysis machines will be in the hospital here and one in each zone in the hospital of your choice.

“On  the whole, we are spending close to N250 million to attack lassa fever. About N64 million is going into   the mini hospital and the lab. We have money for equipment, campaign advocacy and so on.”

Umahi lauded  the management and staff of the Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki   and the Special committee set up by his administration headed by the Secretary to State Government, Prof Benard  Odoh, for their sincerity and commitment to the fight against the virus.

Also on Thursday,  the governor  commissioned the Ezzambo/Federal Girls College street lighting project along the  Enugu-Abakaliki highway.

Charging his  aides     to lay off   workers   found to be frustrating   the programmes  of his administration, Umahi   appealed to all to work together for the development of the state.

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