Lassa fever: Suspected patient under watch in Ogun

  • Lassa fever: Suspected patient under watch in Ogun

Lassa fever: Suspected patient under watch in Ogun

The number of confirmed Lassa fever cases in Lagos has increased to five, one of whom is a doctor at the Lagos State University Teaching HospitalTwo individuals who were confirmed to have been infected by the virus have passed.

"Mrs S, a 32-year-old lady came with bleeding complications of pregnancy on 25th of July, died same day and had a post-mortem examination performed on 27th July".

The CMD also identified the second patient who died of the disease at the hospital as a sickle cell patient that was admitted on August 5. He was said to have traveled to one of the neighboring states before coming down with the disease.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Primary Health Care, Dr. Olufemi Onanuga, who issued the statement, added that the Ministry of Health, in line with global standards, "is now carrying out "contact tracing" to determine those who may have been infected".

The Special Adviser added that three health workers who developed symptoms had tested positive and on admission receiving treatment in an isolation ward in LUTH. They are being cared for by a group of professionals, volunteer doctors, epidemiologists, microbiologists, emotional caregivers and cleaners round-the-clock.

"Also, the three confirmed cases, including the resident doctor are in the surveillance unit in LUTH and they are responding well to treatment".

Bode told the Vanguard that LUTH was working with officials of the Lagos State Ministry of Health and the Federal Ministry of Health to contain the present Lassa fever outbreak by mobilising human and material resources to trace the sources and extent of the disease, follow up on potential contacts, identify early and test suspected cases.

"We gave all those under surveillance thermometers so they can record their temperatures, at least twice daily, by themselves. Let us douse the panic".

On the two corpses, he said that of the late pregnant woman had been taken out of LUTH for proper burial, while the remaining corpse in the hospital would be buried by the Lagos State government as a precautionary measure against spreading the virus.

But the state government urged residents not to panic as it is on top of the situation. The index case was referred from Divine Grace Hospital, Imota, in the Ikorodu area of Lagos.

"We have about 22 people there".

Eniosho said: "Today makes it day 14 and none has come down with fever. At present, we have two suspected cases at the Mainland Hospital but they are under control". According to the CMD, the victims were handled professionally and their dead bodies disposed properly in line with worldwide standards.

The hospital said the patients died following few days on admission. All arrangements have been made to bury the corpse based on worldwide standards.

"We are doing everything to see whether it is a confirmed case".

Erinosho, who advised Nigerians to keep their foodstuffs away from rats, however, urged them not to panic as Lassa fever, according to him, is a curable disease whose treatment is readily available in the country.