Prof. Obehi Akoria, Lassa
Prof. Obehi Akoria, the Edo State Commissioner for Health.

Edo State Pledges Cooperation Towards Lassa Fever Elimination


Prof. Obehi Akoria, the Edo State Commissioner for Health, has assured the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) of the state’s resolve in strengthening its collaboration with the centre to address and eliminate Lassa fever.

Prof. Akoria, who spoke as she received the NCDC Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation team in Benin City, said that the State Government had used multisectoral interventions to address the challenges of Lassa fever in the State.

She also commended the World Health Organisation (WHO) for the support given to the Ministry of Health and said the Ministry is sustaining the interventions to prevent further outbreaks.

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Roberts Adedryin, the NCDC’s senior Research Monitoring and Evaluation officer, had given a presentation on the overview of data collection activities of Lassa fever in Edo State. She said it was a fact-finding mission aimed at solving the problem of its prevalence in Nigeria.

Edo state is among the states that have been affected by the recent outbreak of Lassa fever in Nigeria and has since then intensified its surveillance, investigated suspected cases, facilitated documentation of contacts, contact tracing, and monitoring.

Edo state has also developed and disseminated a public health advisory for the purpose of raising awareness about the disease among residents.