By Bosun Awoniyi
The Nigerian government on Friday announced the end of the emergency phase of Lassa fever outbreak.
“The end of the outbreak does not mean we will no longer record cases of Lassa fever. Given the epidemiology of the disease in Nigeria, there will still be reports of cases,” Minister of Health Isaac Adewole told reporters in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
Since the beginning of January 2018 the country has experienced the largest Lassa fever outbreak in history, he added, stressing that although the threat was minimized, it does not mean that the fight was over.
“In May 2018, 423 confirmed cases of Lassa fever were recorded with a total of 106 deaths,” the minister said.
According to him, the Lassa fever outbreak provided an opportunity for Nigeria to review and strengthen the public health system across disease preparedness, detection, surveillance and response.