OGUN MOVES TO CHECK INCURSION OF LASSA FEVER

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OGUN State government has moved to curtail the spread of Lassa fever in every nook and crannies of the state. The Health Commissioner, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye, who gave this indication, said that government took the measure following reported cases of Lassa fever in neighbouring states of Lagos and Ondo. Ipaye stated that a victim of Lassa fever had been identified in Ijaiye-Ojokoro, Lagos State, which is close to Ado-Odo/Ota local government of Ogun State. According to him, the Lassa fever victim was alleged to have come from Kano to Ijaiye-Ijokoro, adding that the patient had been taken to Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, Idi-Araba, Lagos where he was being treated. “A case of one patient was discovered in Ijaiye-Ojokoro in Lagos State, a community border to Ogun State. The man was said to have come from Kano, but as at now he has been taken to Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), where he is receiving treatment. We also have record of similar discovery in Ondo State, which is our neighbour.”
The Commissioner also added that Ondo State, which is also another nearest neighbour, is battling against the disease, but he assured that Senator Ibikunle Amosun administration would put in place proactive measure to check the spread of the disease. “As at today, no single case of Lassa fever has been reported in Ogun State, but around us, border states,which include Lagos and Ondo states, we have record of Lassa fever cases. One was discovered atIjayiye/Ojokoro in Lagos State, a neighbouring community of Ado-Odo/Ota local government of Ogun State,” Ipaye, a one-time Chairman of National Association of Resident Doctors, Ogun State chapter, said. Ipaye spoke in company of his Information counterpart, Mr. Dayo Adeneye and the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Nosiru Aigoro, at a press conference held at the Governor’s Office Press Centre, Abeokuta. “Ogun State Government has mounted active surveillance; we have earlier alerted public on the Lassa fever symptoms and prevention,” Ipaye said. “Government has directed all its medical facilities to be at alert. We shall continue our surveillance. There is no need to panic.”I paye said that as part of the proactive measures, government had dedicated telephone lines for residents of the state to inform the authority of any Lassa fever discovery. He gave the numbers as 08033591033, 07034214893, 09099140121, 09099140122.
The commissioner advised residents to get rid of rats in their vicinity and surroundings and ensure personal hygiene.   He advised that any case of malaria noticed not to be responding to the normal treatment should immediately be made known to the nearby health facility. “Let us ensure we get rid of rats in our surroundings,avoid putting food in open places to avoid rat contact. Personal hygiene is important,” Ipaye said. He added: “Any case of malaria not responding to treatment should be reported to health authorities. We are also in regular contact with the Federal Ministry of Health.”

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