Ogun Lassa Fever Patient Is Alive, Not Dead, Says Coker - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Sunday, January 26, 2020

Ogun Lassa Fever Patient Is Alive, Not Dead, Says Coker


From Heritage Odih, 

The Commissioner of Health in Ogun State, Dr. Tomi Coker, on Sunday confirmed a case of Lassa Fever in the state, but said the index patient is alive and not dead.

Coker said the patient, a 29 year old pregnant woman, has been transferred to the Federal Specialist Hospital, Irrua, Edo State, for comprehensive medical attention, assuring further that all is being done to contain it in the state.

The Commissioner in a release made available to The Daily Crucible, said the suspected Lassa Fever case was confirmed by the Ogun State Virology Laboratory on January 24, 2020.

She said further that the patient took ill and was referred to the Federal Medical Center (FMC), Abeokuta.

She debunked media reports that the patient had died.

She said:"The patient is not dead as she was transferred  to the Federal Specialist Hospital in Irua, Edo State, whose facilities provide the patient with the full benefit of multidisciplinary care required for her due to her pregnancy."

She noted that the Rapid Response Team has commenced line listing of all who have come into contact with the patient for surveillance purposes, including her relatives and hospital staff that managed the case.

The Commissioner assured members of the public that the State Government acted proactively by putting all counter measures in place to contain the situation.

She urged residents to maintain proper hygiene, avoid contact with rodents, cover their food properly and ensure that their food is warmed before eating it. 

She said: “We have given thermometers to those who have been in contact with the patient to monitor their temperatures and also provided Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at the designated treatment center at Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), Sagamu. 

"Our health educators and officers have been deployed into action and are educating the public on ways to avoid being infected with Lassa Fever.

“Other emerging or suspected cases of viral hemorrhagic fevers are to be isolated in the designated quarantine areas for barriers nursing, until definitive diagnosis is concluded.

“The State Epidemiologist and DNSO should immediately be notified on telephone numbers  09099140121 and 09099140122  in case of any suspected case."

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