Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Health

Lassa Fever Kills Nine In Ondo

It has been reported that the deadly Lassa fever has killed no fewer than nine people in Ondo State, while 102 cases have been recorded in eight local governments in the state.

The Governor of the state, Rotimi Akeredolu made this assertion on Saturday in a state media broadcast on the Lassa fever incident in the state adding that there are 127 hospital contacts and 308 community contacts lines listed in all the affected local government areas.

He revealed that infected patients were being managed at the Federal Medical Centre, Owo, while confirmatory tests were done at Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Irrua, Edo State.

The governor noted that the state government was not relenting in its efforts to contain the spread of the disease, adding that the Emergency Preparedness and Response Team had been reactivated at the state and local government levels in addition to active surveillance and contact tracing in the affected local government areas.

The government also ordered that any occurrence of sudden death should be reported to the health officials in the local government for supervision of the burial.

The Commissioner for Health in the state, Dr. Wahab Adegbenro, gave the directive at a meeting held with primary health care coordinators in the 18 local government areas of the state in Akure, the state capital.

The commissioner said, “The state government has not relented in our efforts to contain the disease. We have already mobilised our surveillance team to all the local government areas.”