The Federal Government has promised to intensify surveillance to prevent the spread of Lassa fever.
Part of the strategy is a free treatment for persons infected with the disease.
In an interview with Channels Television’s correspondent, Gbenga Ashiru, the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, said authorities had been mandated to give the treatment.
Last week, the Minister confirmed that at least 40 deaths have been recorded in 10 states of the federation.
While speaking on the 221.7 billion Naira allocated to the health sector in the 2016 budget, Professor Adewole noted that the ministry would focus on providing quality public healthcare delivery while reducing infant and maternal mortalities.