Ogun lassa fever patient not dead – Health Commissioner



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Ogun lassa fever patient not dead – Health Commissioner

Ernest Nwokolo, Abeokuta



 

Ogun State Government on Sunday confirmed a case of Lassa Fever in the state, but said the index patient; a pregnant woman, is alive and not dead.



The state government however assured residents that every step is being taken to contain it.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker, in a release made available to The Nation, said the suspected Lassa Fever case was confirmed by the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) Virology Laboratory on January 24, 2020.

Coker said the patient is a 29 year- old pregnant woman who took ill and was referred to the Federal Medical Center (FMC), Abeokuta.

She refuted reports in some section of the media that the patient has died, saying the index case was only transferred to Federal Specialist hospital, Irua, Edo State.

“The patient is not dead as she was transferred to the Federal Specialist Hospital in Irua, Edo State, whose facilities provide the patient with the full benefit of multidisciplinary care required for her due to her pregnancy,” she said.

She further stated that the Rapid Response Team has commenced line listing of all who have come into contact with the patient for surveillance purposes, including her relatives and hospital staff that managed the case.

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Coker assured members of the public that the State Government acted pro – actively by putting all counter measures in place to contain the situation.

She urged residents to maintain proper hygiene, advising them to avoid contact with rodents, cover their food properly and ensure that their food is warmed before eating it.

Coker said: “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 center at Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), Sagamu.

Our health educators and officers have been deployed into action and are educating the public on ways to avoid being infected with Lassa Fever.

“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.

“The State Epidemiologist and DNSO should immediately be notified on telephone numbers 0818 897 8393 and 0818 897 8392 in case of any suspected case.”

Ogun lassa fever patient not dead – Health Commissioner

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