Lassa fever: Lagos places residents on red alert

 

 

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The Lagos State Government on Wednesday said it was doing everything conceivable to crush the lethal Lassa fever as it did amid the flare-up of Ebola infection, pretty much as it asked inhabitants of the state to be on red caution by grasping individual and ecological cleanliness.

The legislature additionally prompted occupants to piece all gaps in their homes through which rats could get access, furthermore avoid eating rodent meat and also any sustenance officially tainted with pee, salivation and excrement of contaminated rodent.

While instructions writers on the upgrade of the Lassa fever cases in the State, Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, affirmed that in this way, the state has recorded 20 suspected cases, out of which 14 tried negative, while 4 cases were affirmed positive.

Idris, who tended to the media close by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Primary Healthcare, Dr. Olufemi Onanuga, said three results were all the while being anticipated, while 537 contacts have so far been recorded, out of which 534 were as of now being observed.

He revealed that the last affirmed case was a 27-year-old woman who headed out to Edo state on December 24, 2015 and came back to Lagos on January 2, 2016.

The Commissioner said the woman, who apparently went for entombment of her relative, turned out to be sick on January 14, 2016 and got care in one private healing center and three houses of worship before she was alluded on January 23, 2016 to Ijede General Hospital with fever, regurgitating, looseness of the bowels and body shortcoming.

He included that the patient in the long run kicked the bucket inside of couple of hours of confirmation, while the case was affirmed as Lassa fever on January 26, 2016.

The remaining parts of the unhealthy, as indicated by Idris, has been kept in the funeral home in airtight body sack, while she would be covered after due conference with her gang.

Out of that case alone, the Commissioner said 90 persons have so far been recorded as contacts as at January 26, 2016, while contact following is presently on-going.

Giving data on the sickness, Idris said: “Individuals from the general population are being sharpened to note that Lassa fever can be reached through: ingestion of sustenances and beverages sullied by the spit, pee and excrement of tainted rats; discovering and get ready tainted rats as nourishment; breathing in little particles noticeable all around debased with contaminated rodent pee or droppings, and direct contact with a wiped out individual’s blood or body liquids, through mucous layers such as eyes, nose or mouth.”

While guaranteeing that Lagos State under the authority of Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode would keep on giving quality, moderate and open medicinal services to the general population towards accomplishing all inclusive social insurance to all, the Commissioner guaranteed that the legislature would overcome Lassa fever pretty much as it vanquished Ebola infection illness.

In addition, the Commissioner encouraged occupants to keep up essential ecological sanitation, including legitimate transfer of deny and maintaining a strategic distance from open crap. He facilitate requested that the occupants grasp general hand washing with cleanser and water, and keep up abnormal state of individual cleanliness and in addition sufficient nourishment.

While pushing early report of suspected cases, the Commissioner additionally asked wellbeing specialists hold fast entirely to disease control measures, while morgue work force must wear elbow-length gloves, face veil, outfits and other individual defensive hardware while taking care of stays of dead patients.

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