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Published On: Fri, Mar 1st, 2019

‘Lassa fever killed 15 in Ondo in two months’

Lassa fever

Fifteen people died of Lassa fever in Ondo State between January and February, it has been learnt.

One hundred and two others were confirmed to be positive with symptoms of the fever.

The State Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr Wale Oke, broke the news while addressing reporters in Akure, the state capital.

He said: “As at (last) Thursday February 21, 102 people have been positive with Lassa fever; 82 people were recorded in January and 20 others in February, apart from 15 people who died in January as a result of the fever. But no death was recorded in February.

“Most people who died either reported late or were already subjected to alternative treatment and self-medication before they eventually came to hospital. Their kidneys and livers had been affected as a result of the delay.”

Oke, who also works at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC)in Owo, urged residents of the state to report early to the medical centre, if they experienced an upsurge in their body temperature.

He said: “We have a contact tracing mechanism whereby we can place on surveillance for 21 days those who may have contact with infected persons. We continue to monitor their temperature, if it is above 37.8, and give them quick treatment.”

The NMA chairman said the centre had the highest success rate among the three Lassa fever treatment centres in Nigeria.

He hailed the hospital’s management team.

According to him, the state government had put in place measures to curtail the fever, adding that it had declared a state of emergency in the Health sector.

Oke said the state’s NMA chapter alongside the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and others had engaged in series of sensitisation programmes for the people.

The NMA chairman said the exercise was aimed at preventing further cases in the state.

He added: “NMA is concerned about the infection, prevention and control out of the so many pillars involved in the management of Lassa fever, hence the basis for the sensitisation.”

Oke also said Owo, Ose, Akoko North, Akure South and Akure North local government areas recorded cases of the fever.

 

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