Dengue Fever Outbreak in Sokoto

Dengue Fever Outbreak in Sokoto

Confirmation of Dengue Fever Outbreak

There is panic in Sokoto State, Nigeria, as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) alerts residents about the outbreak of dengue fever. This news has left the people of Sokoto metropolis, the state capital, feeling sad and scared about the possible spread of this dreaded fever. The outbreak was first reported in October, and in November 2023, the NCDC confirmed 71 suspected cases and 13 positive cases with no deaths.

Spread of the Disease

The NCDC has reported that the disease has spread to different areas of the state. Sokoto South local government has reported 60 cases, Wamako local government has reported 3 cases, and Dange Shuni local government has reported 1 case.

Age Group Affected

Most of the suspected cases fall between the ages of 21 and 40, according to the NCDC.

Efforts to Control the Outbreak

The NCDC, along with the National Emerging Viral Haemorrhagic Diseases Technical Working Group (NEVHD-TWG) and other partners, has conducted a rapid risk assessment to guide preparedness activities in the country.

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Commissioner’s Response

Hajiya Asabe Balarabe, the state commissioner for health, has responded to the NCDC’s statement. She claims that the Disease Surveillance Agency was only updating its old records on disease surveillance in some parts of the country. According to her, there have been no cases of dengue fever in Sokoto State as of November this year or even now.

Balarabe assures the citizens that the state took immediate action when the outbreak was first reported. They informed the public through the press about the efforts being made to control the spread of the disease. The state also provided expert advice to citizens on reporting unusual symptoms and using treated mosquito nets provided by the government.

The commissioner emphasizes that Sokoto State is safe and free from dengue fever. She advises the citizens to continue with their normal activities, as the alert from the NCDC was based on old and updated records.

Balarabe concludes by stating that Sokoto State is known for its proactive approach to handling outbreaks. The medical experts have successfully contained the dreaded fever.

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