Lassa Fever
Lassa Fever

Edo State Commits To Battling Lassa Fever

Eludoyin Oluwanisola

Edo Health Commissioner, Patrick Okundia, on Friday, said a total of 76 suspected cases of Lassa fever have been confirmed.

According to him, all victims have been transferred to Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital

“We have not recorded any new death but have also reduced our case fatality rate to less than 10 per cent.

“The number of cases in the ward now is 34, and we have discharged over 28 patients that have been fully treated and cured.”

Philip Shaibu, Edo Deputy Governor, who chaired the meeting on Friday, ordered all hospitals in the 18 local governments to transfer all victims to the Irrua Hospital.

“Ministries of environment, agriculture, education, information, and other relevant ministries should also step up in the area of public awareness of the people

“The 18 local government councils of the state should call for an emergency meeting, which will include private health practitioners for the purpose of early referral,” he said.

The state government also agreed to buy two additional dialysis machines to complement the one at Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital.

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