Lassa fever hits Ek­iti again, kills three

The Punch - - NEWS - Ka­marudeen Ogun­dele, Ado Ek­iti

Afresh case of Lassa fever has been con­firmed in Ek­iti State.

The state’s Com­mis­sioner for Health, Dr. Ro­timi Ojo, who made this known in Ado Ek­iti, said five out of the eight sus­pected cases in the state tested neg­a­tive, one was un­cer­tain while the last one was pend­ing as of press time.

Ojo added that the pa­tient that tested pos­i­tive and two oth­ers had died.

Stress­ing that there was no cause for alarm in the state, the com­mis­sioner, how­ever, noted that the state gov­ern­ment was tak­ing proac­tive steps through sur­veil­lance ac­tiv­i­ties that in­volved all res­i­dents due to some recorded cases and deaths in neigh­bour­ing states.

He as­sured the peo­ple that the state’s dis­ease con­trol team had been re­sus­ci­tated while the process of sen­si­tis­ing them to the dan­ger of the dis­ease with jin­gles, ad­verts and oth­ers was on­go­ing.

Ojo said that sim­i­lar ac­tions taken dur­ing the 2016 out­break were suc­cess­ful, adding that the epi­demic was per­fectly con­trolled and the iden­ti­fied pa­tient, who was prop­erly man­aged, sur­vived.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the three iso­la­tion cen­tres at the Ido Fed­eral Teach­ing Hospi­tal, Ido Ek­iti; Oba Ade­juyigbe Gen­eral Hospi­tal, Ado Ek­iti and the Ek­iti State Univer­sity Teach­ing Hospi­tal, Ado Ek­iti are still op­er­a­tional.

He urged all stake­hold­ers in­clud­ing health prac­ti­tion­ers, teach­ers, tra­di­tional rulers, re­li­gious lead­ers as well as com­mu­nity and opin­ion lead­ers to join hands with the state gov­ern­ment to pre­vent the spread of the dis­ease in the state.

Ojo ad­vised peo­ple in the state to avoid self med­i­ca­tion and keep­ing sick peo­ple at home, adding that any un­usual in­crease in tem­per­a­ture or fever must be re­ported to the near­est health fa­cil­ity.

The com­mis­sioner also stressed the im­por­tance of en­vi­ron­men­tal san­i­ta­tion prac­tices and gen­eral clean­li­ness, say­ing that hand-wash­ing, good food stor­age as well as prac­tice and en­force­ment of in­fec­tion pre­ven­tion and con­trol at var­i­ous health fa­cil­i­ties should not be com­pro­mised.

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