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Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Lagos State Records First Case Of Lassa Fever

Lagos State Records First Case Of Lassa Fever
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The state commissioner for health, Professor Akin Abayomi, confirmed in a statement released on Wednesday February 19th that a patient is currently in isolation at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital.

Abayomi called on people to be patient and not panic, as the government will do everything in its power in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health and the Nigeria Center for Disease Control

“The Ministry of Health through Epidemiology, Biosecurity and Global Health Directorate is currently carrying out ‘contact tracing’ to determine those who may have been infected in line with international standards while we beef up our other surveillance strategies.”

The Commissioner stressed the need for members of the public to ensure and maintain an adequate personal hygiene and environmental sanitation at all times as part of prevention and control measures against the spread of the disease in the state.

 “Members of the public are further advised to avoid contact with rats, to always cover their food and water properly, cook all their food thoroughly, as well as block all holes in the septic tanks and holes through which rats can enter the house and clear rat hideouts within the premises. 

“Isolation wards have 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 said

Abayomi noted that prevention and disease control remained a shared responsibility of all people by adhering to the highest standards of personal and community hygiene as well as environmental sanitation.

He advised residents to store household refuse with tight-fitting covers in sanitary refuse bags or dust bins to prevent infestation by rats and rodents; to properly dispose of refuse at designated dump sites and not in the drainage system and to store food items in rodent-proof bins.

Lassa fever has now been reported in 19 states with more than 20 deaths so far.

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