The European Commission says it has allocated €80,000 (N32m) to assist Nigeria fight Lassa fever and provide care to families affected by the outbreak.
The EU in a statement said the funds would go towards “supporting the Nigerian Red Cross in promoting hygiene practices and disease transmission control” as well as helping to identify suspected cases.
“The funding forms part of the EU’s overall contribution to the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. In the two most affected states, Ondo and Edo, the main actions will focus on health education on signs and symptoms, prevention measure and behavioral change in food storage and handling; and pest control activities.
“In four states of Bauchi, Ebonyi, Taraba and Kano, awareness raising initiatives will be launched for the general public, including the distribution of educational materials and informative radio messages.”
The EU recalled that since the first week of January 2020, more than “680 suspected cases have been reported by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, of which over 250 were confirmed as positive.”
The Union noted, “While Nigeria is prone to Lassa fever outbreaks during the dry season of November to April, the number of affected people, both suspected and confirmed, this year is higher than in previous years.”