The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC), in collaboration with partners, federal and state stakeholders of the Technical Working Group have developed a five-year strategic plan to reduce Lassa fever fatality ratio in the country to less than 10 per cent.
Director General of NCDC, Ifedayo Adetifa said this during an update on COVID-19 pandemic response and development in the health sector organised by the Federal Ministry of Health and other partners.
He said to date there were 8,202 suspected cases of Lassa fever, 1,067 confirmed cases across 27 states and 112 LGAs of the country.
He further said that cumulatively, from week one to week 52 last year, 189 deaths had been reported with a Case Fatality Rate of 17.7 per cent which was lower than the CFR for the same period in 2021 (20.0 per cent).
The NCDC boss noted that 72 per cent of all confirmed Lassa fever cases in 2022 were reported from Ondo, Edo and Bauchi states. DAILY TRUST