First Lassa Fever Case Confirmed In Lagos
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First Lassa Fever Case Confirmed In Lagos

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One case of the hemorrhagic fever which has been raging in over 19 states in the country has been confirmed in Lagos state.

This was disclosed by the State Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi, in a release issued by the Director, Public Affairs, Tombosun Ogunbamwo.

Abayomi called for calm and gave an assurance that the situation is under control and that the patient is currently quarantined at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).

He stated that the state government in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health and the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control is doing all they can to ensure that the disease is not spread further in the state.

"The Ministry of Health through Epidemiology, Biosecurity and Global Health Directorate is currently carrying out ‘contact tracing’ to determine those who may have been infected in line with international standards while we beef up our other surveillance strategies,“ he said.

Abayomi also urged residents to maintain good personal hygiene at all times by constant washing of hands with soap and the use hand sanitizers.

According to him, the prevention and control of this epidemic is a shared responsibility and not just the government.

He concluded by saying that citizens must not hesitate to report any suspected case or person with high fever not responding to treatment to the nearest government-approved health facility.

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