Fear grips residents as Lassa fever kills one in Lagos

There was palpable tension in Lagos on Friday as the state
government confirmed two more cases of Lassa fever in the
state, with one of the victims already dead.
This has brought the number of Lassa fever cases in the state to
three, including the index case at Ahmaddiya Hospital in Ojokoro
part of the state.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, Friday said the index
case was responding to treatment at the Lagos University
Teaching Hospital (LUTH).
The second victim, he said, is a 36-year-old lady, an indigene of
Kogi State, who was first discovered at Naval Reference Hospital,
Ojo on January 18, before she was referred to Mainland Hospital
the same day, and has since been receiving antiviral medication.
According to him, the third person died because his case was
presented late.
He is said to be a 51-year-old resident of Ilasan Leki and indigene
of Edo State.
He was initially admitted at Divine Medical Centre in Ikoyi on
January 12, this year, but died at 2 pm the same day before the
result of the laboratory test that confirmed him positive was
received.
His corpse has been kept in the morgue in a leak proof body bag.
“The three confirmed cases are not related in terms of source of
infections,” he stated.
The Commissioner said his ministry had requested for more
Ribavirin injection and tablets, personal protective equipments
(PPEs) and other items from the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH),
Abuja.
The Commissioner for Environment, Hon Samuel Adejare, said
open defecation and dirty environment should be avoided in order
to rid the environment of rodents.
He said: “Cultural change is expected at this point in time. People
should learn to live more responsibly.
“The state, through the Ministry of Environment, will step up its
game of environmental laws through the police and Kick Against
Indiscipline (KAI) Brigade.”

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