The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) says it has recorded three suspected Lassa Fever cases since the recent outbreak of the diusease.
Secretary, FCT Health and Human Services, Dr. Demola Onakomaiya, who disclosed this yesterday at a press briefing said the three suspected cases were reported from the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH) and National Hospital.
He, however, said the cases had not been confirmed, just as no deaths had been recorded.
Onakomaiya said that that as part of efforts to prevent, control and ensure effective case management, the secretariat had embarked on community sensitisation and mobilisation through health education in markets, motor parks, mosques, churches and other public places as well as prepositioning of personal protective equipment and medical supplies in FCTA health facilities across the territory.
The secretary further said the secretariat, through its public health department had sent alert letters to all the six area councils of the FCT, informing them to step up active surveillance and community sensitisation and that similar letters had been sent to all FCT secondary and private health facilities, requesting them to report all suspected cases to the public health department.
He added that treatment for the epidemic was free in all FCT health facilities and that the FCT was in the process of procuring a confirmatory testing laboratory for the disease before the end of the year.
Presently, only two of such laboratories exist in the country, at Irua, Edo State and Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).