Anambra State Government has said that the state is still on a clean bill, with no recorded case of Lassa fever.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Joe Akabuike, made the statement on Friday in his office at Jerome Udoji secretariat, Awka, the capital of Anambra State.
Dr Akabuike said that with eight states affected and the death rate put at 45 per cent, it has become imperative for Anambra State to commence sensitisation alongside taking precautionary measures to guard against any occurrence.
Addressing a press conference in his office, Dr. Akabuike said that the state Ministry of Health, the Disease Surveillance Notification Officers and the Information Dissemination Unit Personnel sent to various communities in the state have embarked on awareness programmes on the signs and symptoms of the disease through the Churches, Women Organisation, and Trade Unions.
He advised citizens, who have visiting relations from Bauchi, Nassarawa, Niger, Taraba, Kano, Rivers, Edo and Oyo States, to be wary of symptoms associated with bleeding and persistent fever and report case immediately.
Dr Akabuike encouraged the people of the state to be conscious of hygiene to ensure no one was affected.
Earlier, the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, confirmed that the death toll from the recent Lassa fever outbreak was now 40.
According to him, the disease has also spread to 10 states since the last six weeks when the first case was reported in November.