As Nigeria battles with the ongoing Lassa fever outbreak months after the success over Ebola, the federal government has been advised to provide Lassa rapid test kits to detect the disease on the spot.
The Ondo State Health Commissioner, Dr Dayo Adeyanju who gave the advice during an interactive session with the public on Twitter tagged, #Ondolassaupdates highlighted efforts of the state at curtailing the deadly disease, saying the test kits would help reduce the waiting time and manpower always spent at Iruwa specialist hospital.
Adeyanju emphasised the need for the federal government to extend support to all state’s not yet affected by the disease which he noted is a pro-active way to keep it at bay.
” The federal government should support all states of the federation and provide rapid diagnostic test kits for screening while support must be extended to all states, and not just the 10 states including Ondo presently affected by the disease’
He noted that Ondo has activated its surveillance, outbreak control mechanism at the grassroots in addition to a sensitisation campaign across the 18 council area.
The health commissioner, said state’s having successfully curtailed Lassa in the state to the 2 recorded cases, is not taking any chances that might lead to any incursion of the disease.
” At present, there are enough facilities including the general hospitals and our infectious diseases center to handle any eventuality”.
Adeyanju emphasised the need for sound personal and environmental hygiene, proper storage of food, especially grains as well as kicked against sun drying of food which make them susceptible to contacts with rodents.
” everyone should be conscious of what they consume and how they consume to ensure an end to the spread..by obeying simple rules of hygiene and by keeping the rats away, keeping our well in rodent free.