By Ola Ajayi
Ibadan—OYO State Government has confirmed that a patient, who tested positive to Lassa fever had been treated and discharged allaying fears of residents that the state is free from the disease.
While quoting the Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, the Special Adviser to Oyo State Governor on Communication and strategy, Mr Yomi Layinka said the Minister had declared the state free.
He said this yesterday while speaking with newsmen in Ibadan.
He said, “I received a call from the Minister of Health, Prof Adewole, who confirmed that there was one index case of Lassa fever in Oyo, but the patient was treated immediately and has been discharged.
“The patient’s family members and all those who have had contacts with him during the process have been tested and the result was negative. Prof Adewole said we need not to wait for result from any reference laboratory in Lagos.
”He said since UCH has confirmed it, then there is no Lassa fever in Oyo State again, but urged us to place more emphasis on public sensitisation for the people to keep their food away from rats and maintain hygienic environment.”