LASSA FEVER: Oyo Govt Places All Hospitals On Red Alert Following Outbreak In Ondo And 7 Other States
By Henry Odeh
Following reported cases of Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria with over 20 persons reportedly killed and 82 others infected in Eight different states of the federation including Kano, Ondo, Edo, Ebonyi, Taraba, Plateau, Bauchi and Ogun states, the Oyo state government said it has deployed Surveillance team to all hospitals across the state in case of any occurrence.
The State Commissioner For Health, Dr. Bashir Bello on Thursday during a press conference organized at the state Ministry of information, culture and tourism to orientate Oyo state residents about the deadly infection, said that at the moment, no case of Lassa fever has been recorded in the state but the government has put all hospitals on red alert in case of anyone diagnosed of the infection.
Dr. Bashir added that informatin has been sent to all head of government owned hospitals as well as the heads of private owned hospitals to be on alert in case of any patient diagnosed of the infection.
He maintained that the state government has partnered the University College Hospital (UCH) for the treatment of anybody diagnosed of Lassa Fever.
He, however, advised the residents of Oyo state to be on red alert in case they noticed anyone with the symptoms of Lassa Fever.
He urged all residents to ensure that they live in an clean environment and suffer not a rodent to live.
“Make sure you have a very clean environment, make sure that all your food stuff are well keep, and save from rodents, Lassa fever is caused by rodents and we all can stop this by using any means to flush rodents out from our different house’s, let us maintain a clean environment, this will not only prevent us from Lassa fever but also from any other unsuspected and unforseen deadly diseases” Dr Bashir concluded.