The Ondo State Government have confirmed the reports making the rounds, which suggests that at least 16 people have so far died in the new outbreak of Lassa Fever in the state.
The State Government also confirmed that over 84 cases of the deadly virus have also been recorded since the wake of a new year, 2020.
The Governor of the State, Rotimi Akuredolu, and the heads of relevant agencies have on Tuesday met to discuss and review the outbreak of the virus. The virus which allegedly blew open over the weekend has left medical personnel in the state struggling to handle the outbreak.
Government officials during the meeting disclosed that the medical facilities at the Federal Medical Centre, Owo, and other facilities in Akure, the state capital have already been overstretched in process of curbing the outbreak of the Lassa Fever.
So far, only three local government areas have been affected, namely: Akoko South West, Akure South, Ondo West, and Owo local governments.
An Ondo State epidemiologist, Steven Fagbemi, has given a detailed breakdown of the outbreak after an intense meeting with the governor. The meeting also had in attendance the Local Government Chairmen from Ondo North and Central Senatorial Districts at the governor's office in Akure.
Mr Fagbemi explained to the masses that the reason behind the fatalities was because the cases were already in their advanced stages when they were brought to the hospitals. He said the if the virus was detected early it would be very much easier to control.
He also said that 47 patients were already on admission and are currently responding to treatment, while 21 other persons had been treated and discharged.
Whilst the Ondo State Commissioner for Health, Wahab Adegbenro, advised Nigerians to visit hospitals early when they noticed the Lassa fever symptoms.
The Governor, Mr Akeredolu, also advised local government chairmen in the state to ensure they deploy cleaners to markets and public places and residents should maintain a high level of hygiene to reduce the spread of the Lassa virus in the state.