The Lagos State Government has confirmed a case of Lassa fever outbreak in the state, saying the patient has been isolated.
Prof. Akin Abayomi, the State Commissioner for Health, who made this known said that the patient is currently in isolation ward at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).
Lassa fever has been ravaging in over 19 states in the country and Dr. Abayomi, who did not provide details about the patient and location, reassured Lagos residents that the situation was under control, advising them not to panic over the situation.
He said that the state government is in active collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) was working diligently to prevent the spread of the disease in the state.
Dr. Abayomi explained that outlining strategies has been put in place by the state to control the disease; the state government was maintaining relevant surveillance activities through its disease surveillance officers at the local government level to prevent the spread of the disease.
Isolation wards have also been prepared to manage suspected and confirmed cases, drugs and other materials have also been prepositioned at designated facilities, while health workers have been placed on red alert and community sensitization activities intensified.
The commissioner advised health workers, both in the public and private hospitals in the state to ensure that they observe universal safety precautions, comply with infection prevention and control measures when dealing with patients.
He stressed that appropriate personal protective equipment like hand gloves, facemasks, goggles and overalls must be worn when attending to such cases.
Hands must be washed often with soap and running water or application of hand sanitizers after each contact with patients or contaminated materials and instruments.