The Federal Government on Monday says there is a decline in number

of new cases of Lassa fever in the country.

The Chief Executive Officer, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control,NCDC

Chikwe Ihekweazu, made this known at a news conference in Abuja.

Ihekeazu said that the country had witnessed a reduction in the number

of people who have died from the disease compared to 2018.

He revealed that the NCDC and partners had continued to sustain

response activities in states across the country, despite progress made so


Ihekeazu said that following the large Lassa fever outbreak in 2018, the

NCDC together with partners instituted five key measures to ensure

improved preparedness in 2019.

NCDC boss listed some of the measures as training of over 1,000

healthcare workers on Lassa fever management, diagnosis and

surveillance, together with the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital.

He said that prepositioning of treatment and diagnostic supplies to the 21

states that recorded cases in 2018, treatment centres and laboratories.