Unrest as Lassa fever kills more than Coronavirus in Bauchi

Lassa fever

Health authorities in Bauchi state say they are in a critical state due to the rapid spread of Lassa fever in some areas of the state.

This comes at a time when nearly all Nigerian states have now turned to battle against coronavirus pandemic.

Officials report that by early 2020, the virus has killed 41 people in the state, while only three people have died from coronavirus since the outbreak.

Bauchi State Chief Medical Officer, Ridwan Muhammed, said that they understand that infected people are not going to hospital or taking care of their bodies.

He says the disease is getting worse every year in Bauchi, but this time it is worse because paramedics are dying.

“So you see everyone from husband and mother to their children dies because they have no idea what is happening with them. Some believe it’s witches or wizards.”

The doctor said that the disease is spread among people if hygiene is not maintained, especially when dealing with the infected person.

He said there are some patients who are currently being treated for kidney disease in the hospital.

“When someone got infected for long, the kidneys stop working and they start bleeding, which is a sign of the disease.”

People are hiding death here, and there are more deaths associated with this disease.

Dr Ridwan said the government has approved sterilizing in areas with high mortality and morbidity to help tackle the disease which is slowly killing people in Bauchi.

He said they would start fumigating from Toro area where even wells will be sterilized.

Lassa fever has been deadly in Nigeria but it seems not to get attention at this time because of the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier this year, there was an outbreak in the country, with at least 41 deaths reported after more than 100 cases were reported in some parts of Nigeria.

In 2016, Kano State was among the counties that had suffered from the Lassa fever before it was finally cured.

Experts say that Lassa fever is incurable, and authorities are still working on ways to provide an antidote for the deadly virus.