LASSA FEVER spreads as Kogi, Delta, record deaths

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The Federal Medical Centre,  Lokoja in Kogi, has confirmed three cases of Lassa fever and one death in the last one week.

Head of Clinical Services, Dr. Bernard Ododo  who disclosed this said: ”Two cases already transferred to Lassa Fever Management Center at Irua Specialist Hospital in Edo State.

”Two others  (of which one has died) has their results awaited from NCDC Laboratory in Abuja,” Ododo said.

“We advised the people to maintain high hygienic principle, keep rodents away from residence and food stuff materials.

Ogun denies death of patient The Ogun State Government has said the confirmed Lassa Fever  patient is a pregnant 29 year- old who took ill and was referred to the Federal Medical Center, FMC, Abeokuta.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker, said contrary to some reports,  the patient is not dead and has been transferred  to the Federal Specialist Hospital in Irrua, Edo State.

Coker stated that the Rapid Response Team commenced line listing of all contacts with the patient for surveillance purposes, including her relatives and hospital staff that managed the case.

“We have given thermometers to those who have been in contact with the patient to monitor their temperatures and also provided Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at the designated treatment centre at Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu.

“Other emerging or suspected cases of viral hemorrhagic fevers are to be isolated in the designated quarantine areas for barriers nursing, until definitive diagnosis is concluded.

One dies in Delta state.

TO support Delta State Government’s fight against Lassa Fever, the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, has donated protective kits and drugs to the state.

“The gesture undertaken by Acting Managing Director of the commission, Joi Nunieh, comes as the state government recorded two new cases  with one death and another patient is undergoing treatment.

“Presenting the materials to state Ministry of Health at Asaba, Nunieh, represented by NDDC Director Health, Education and Social Services, Peter Edieya, said, “Recent outbreak of Lassa Fever compels our intervention because our people must be healthy to enjoy the development we bring.

“We must therefore continue to promote community hygiene, discourage rodents in our homes and introduce effective measures, include storing grains and other foodstuffs in covered containers.”

Delta Commissioner for Health, Dr Mordi Ononye, who said the NDDC’s gesture came timely disclosed that the state government has opened an isolation ward at the FMC  Asaba where residents would be treated instead of going to Irrua in neighboring Edo State.

Source: Vanguard NGR

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