The Lassa Fever outbreak is taking its toll gradually on the mindset of Nigerians. With a recent announcement of a new death recorded in the Capital, Abuja, most Nigerians are beginning to ask questions. Some are saying,
‘Why is the Government slow in its action to curtail further spread and deaths?’
‘Are the vaccines readily available for the treatment of the disease, even for the poor man?’
‘Why is the death toll still increasing on a daily basis?’
‘Are there practical effective steps set up by government to ensure proper tracking of contacts?’
‘Why did we record success in Ebola but this one seem to be gradually overwhelming the government? ‘
This and many more questions are flying about, waiting for answers.
Then the Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, came on to announce that 140 million Naira is what would most likely deal with the scourge. Hear him;
“With respect to the cost, we are currently handling it within our in-house resources, using drugs that we had in stock. But we are trying to replenish our stocks; we estimate that we will spend 56 million naira to replenish the drugs. And in order to mount the response; we are looking at 140 million naira.