Lassa Fever Resurface in Ogun,kills 2


Lassa fever has killed two people, an Assistant Chief Nursing Officer and a Mortuary Attendant in Ogun State.

The death of two health officers of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Abeokuta was recorded on Monday as the state government said it had taken steps to create an Isolation Centre to cater for cases of Lassa fever.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr Babatunde Ipaye, said this while speaking with newsmen on Tuesday in Abeokuta. The commissioner said the ministry in collaboration with FMC, would quickly set up an Isolation Centre at the premises to attend to emergencies of such.

“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. We have also sent officers out to confirm the root cause of the cases’’ the commissioner said.

Ipaye said a continuous sensitization is ongoing on the need for the public to keep maintaining a high sense of medical andpersonal hygiene.

“We need to get rid of rats in and around the house and ensure all food stuff are well covered at all times and constant hand washing,’’ he noted

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