Lassa fever hits Ondo State as Plateau Govt cautions on food storage

Akure, Jan. 23, 2018 (TNE) An outbreak of Lassa fever has been reported in Ondo State, according to Dr Liasu Ahmed, the Chief Medical Director of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Owo.

Confirming the outbreak to newsmen on Monday on telephone. Ahmed, however, declined to give further details, saying that it is the prerogative of the Ondo State Government to release details on the outbreak.

Reports say that some persons suspected to have been infected were taken to the FMC, Owo, while others with critical conditions were said to have been referred to the Irua Specialist Hospital in Edo for treatment.

Similarly, a medical doctor with the FMC, who spoke on anonymity, confirmed that a family of four persons were brought to the hospital from Oka-Akoko area of the state, while another six suspected victims were also rushed to the centre from Owo and Ose Local Government Areas of the state.

According to the medical doctor, health workers at the FMC are working under fear of contracting the epidemic.

The state government is yet to react to the development as the State Commissioner for Health, Dr Wahaab Adegbenro, did not answer calls nor reply to text messages.

Meanwhile, the Plateau State Government has warned the Public against careless storage of food stuffs and eating of bush meat as a measure against the recent outbreak of Lassa fever.

Mr Kuden Kamshak, the Commissioner of Health, gave the warning in Pankshin, saying that “With the reported cases of a fresh outbreak of the disease in some states, there is need for us here to take precaution.”

“We don’t have to wait until the disease begins to ravage havoc on the lives of our people before we start taking actions.

“That is why I want to warn our people to begin to take precautions right away.

“As a government, we don’t want to go through the bitter experiences we had some times back when the disease came into the state therefore the warning became imperative,” he stated.

Kamshak admonished the people to know how to store their grains, more so that the harvest of farm produce is still on in the state.

He, however, warned those individuals who are fond of drying their farm produce along the road sides to desist from doing so.

“So as not to give room for rodents to fist on and bring about the outbreak of the disease in the state.

“People must ensure that they store the farm produce properly to avoid rodents getting near them so as not to infest them with their urine and saliva,” he admonished.

He expressed the readiness and preparedness of the state government to tackle and curtail the disease in the event of any eventuality, saying, “the safety of our citizens is our utmost priority as a government.”

(TNE)

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