Nigeria on Lassa Fever, three more States confirm outbreaks

The Acting Permanent Secretary, Rivers State Ministry of Health, Chiwendu Atata has confirmed three positive cases out of the 50 reported in the State last week. Disclosing this, she said the Rivers State Public Health Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) had earlier commenced pro-active effort for containment of the outbreak.

In her word “So far, all hands are on deck for facility decontamination, line-listing, presumptive prophylaxis and surveillance to ensure Public health safety and security. “In addition, the State has procured large quantities of anti-viral agents,  isolation centres have been designated and are being set-up across the teaching hospitals in case of any eventuality. Rivers State Government is doing everything to contain the Lassa Virus.”

In Bayelsa, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Pabara Igwele has disclosed that a suspected case of Lassa Fever has been recorded in the state.

The details of the case have not yet been made clear, but he said the suspected case was discovered at the Federal Medical Centre, FMC, Yenagoa, and that samples have been collected and send to the Irrua Specialist Hospital for confirmation.

He however advised health care workers and the public to take preventive measures such as, washing of hands before consumption of food, disinfecting surfaces and materials in the health care setting to avoid the transmission of the virus which spreads through ingesting food and drinks contaminated with the faeces and urine of infected rodents as well as through person to person transmission. He also mentioned that the State government has set up an isolation centre at Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital to cater for cases of the disease if any is suspected in the state.

Also, in Adamawa there has been a confirmed outbreak. This information was confirmed by the Adamawa State Government. The state Government said, they have confirmed the death of a 29-year- old woman from Numan Local Government Area of the State as a result of the recent outbreak of Lassa fever. The State Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Professor Abdullahi Isa disclosed this on Tuesday while addressing the press.

Isa said the index case of a 29-year-old woman was first seen in a private health hospital in Yola before she was referred to the FMC, where she expelled a macerated stillbirth.

He, however, admitted that after the laboratory test the woman was confirmed positive, while the three others tested negative for Lassa fever virus; “they were quarantined and discharged accordingly”. Sources at the FMC disclosed that those that had direct contact with the patient are being quarantined. The State Director, Public Health, Dr. Bwalki Dilli admitted that for now, one woman was confirmed dead just as the results of the other cases were still being awaited from the referral laboratory centre in Abuja.




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