Wednesday, 21 February 2018

World News

Ghana Issues Lassa Fever Alert

The government of Ghana has issued an alert, warning members of the public on the possible outbreak of Lassa fever.

 

Ghana Health Services (GHS) also cautioned all Divisional Directors, Regional Deputy Directors of the Service and public health care facilities of the likelihood of outbreaks of Lassa fever.

 

The GHS in a release explained the disease has already affected several countries in West Africa with over 300 cases and 31 deaths in Nigeria and this has necessitated urgent spontaneous national response actions among all neighbouring countries.

The release advice health workers to adhere to regular Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) measures to prevent and protect against possible nosocomial transmission, while surveillance on Lassa fever and Acute Haemorrhagic Fevers in general (using case definitions) should be enhanced.