By Festus Ahon
ASABA—LASSA Fever has claimed three lives in Delta State, while 24 persons are under surveillance, the state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Mordi Ononye, has said.
Ononye, in a statement, said two out of the three cases of deaths recorded since an outbreak of Lassa Fever was reported in Delta State on January 26, were from Anambra State.
The Commissioner said some of the cases were referred from Federal Medical Centre, FMC, Asaba, to the Institute of Lassa Fever, Irrua, Edo State, adding that the first case has been treated and discharged.
Dr. Ononye said active case search and contact tracing was ongoing and that as an immediate response to the outbreak, the Ministry of Health, through its rapid response team, has been coordinating the state’s response to contain the spread of the disease.
Ononye said the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Abuja, has been contacted and presently collaborating with the state, adding that the Ministry, in collaboration with the State Primary Health Development Agency, was creating awareness through the mass media on how the disease can be transmitted and to take preventive measures to forestall its spread.
He said some Personal Protective Equipment, PPEs, were earlier procured and distributed to health facilities across the state, including FMC, Asaba, in addition to the sensitisation of health workers in the state to have a high index of suspicion and take preventive measures, when managing infectious cases.
He urged Deltans not to panic, but report any suspected case to the nearest health facility.