LASSA FEVER HITS EKITI AGAIN, 3 KILLED

Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti

A fresh 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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