Lassa Fever: NDDC Begins Distribution Of Kits & Equipment To 9 States


The Niger Delta Development Commission
(NDDC), said on Wednesday that it had
commenced distribution of kits and equipment
to fight spread of Lassa fever in the nine states
in Niger Delta.

This is contained in a statement issued in
Port Harcourt by Mr Chijioke Amu-Nnadi , the
commission’s Head of Corporate Affairs
The statement quoted Mrs Ibim Semenitari,
Acting Managing Director of NDDC, as
saying that the commission was concerned
about high occurrence of the disease in Edo,
Ondo and Rivers.
It said 1,800 pieces of kits, cold chains,
sanitizers and personal protective
equipment had been donated to the Rivers
Central Medical Stores to distribute to
patients in Rivers.
“We will also send kits to other states for
prevention measures; so that the disease can
be quickly contained if it spreads to other
“Distribution of Lassa fever kits and
facilities to store vaccines is part of the
commission’s commitments to support the
fight against infectious diseases and health
challenges in the region.
“The commission will soon donate mosquito
nets to states health ministries which will
be distributed to people in rural
communities”, Semenitari was quoted in the
statement as saying.
The statement quoted the Rivers
Commissioner for Health, Dr Theophilus
Odagme, as saying that the kits and facilities
would help checkmate Lassa fever and other
infectious diseases in the state.
Odagme said the cold chain facility had
increased the state’s capacity to store
vaccines and enhance immunisation.
“We are hoping to explore more ways of
collaborating with NDDC in tackling health
challenges while delivering quality
healthcare services to people of the state,”
the statement said.


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