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Health Commissioner Allays Fears Over Lassa Fever…As Two Die In Ogun

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Kunle Emmanuel
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Health Commissioner Allays Fears Over Lassa Fever…As Two Die In Ogun

Unread post by Kunle Emmanuel » Tue Dec 20, 2016 8:17 pm

The Ogun state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye has doused the tension of residents of the State over fresh and purported case of Lassa fever which reportedly claimed the life of an Assistant Chief Nursing Officer of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Idi-Aba, Abeokuta.

While allaying the fears of members of staff of the hospital, the Commissioner said panic over an outbreak of Lassa fever in the State was presumptuous and unnecessary; adding that disease could be transmitted where there was contact with the body fluid of a victim assuring that all those that may have had contacts with the victim have been placed under surveillance.

Ipaye affirmed that the State Government has always been proactive on issues relating to public health, saying that Ogun State has never recorded any case of Lassa fever except for the two cases imported to the State from Ebonyi and Kogi States few months ago.

He said the State Ministry of Health in collaboration with FMC would quickly set up an isolation centre at the hospital to attend to any emergency, while urging the Nurses to always attend to all patients in the most hygienic and clinical manner.

“We are going to immediately create an isolation centre here at FMC to cater for unexpected cases and emergency on public health issues like Lassa fever to include other communicable diseases. I have sent medical officers out to confirm the root of the case” he said

The Commissioner said continuous sensitization was ongoing on the need for the public to maintain high personal hygiene, get rid of rats in and around the houses, proper food storage procedures and constant hand washing.


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