Lassa fever: Kogi records 3 cases, 1 death

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With the current ravage of deadly Lassa fever in some parts of the country, the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Lokoja in Kogi state, has confirmed three cases of Lassa fever with one recorded death at the facility in the last one week.

Head of Clinical Services of the medical centre, Dr Bernard Ododo, who revealed this in Lokoja said that five suspected cases of Lassa fever were reported in the hospital in the last one week, out of which three tested positive to the vurus while one patient died.

“Five suspected cases reported at the hospital in the last one week, three already tested positive, of which one died.

“Two cases already transferred to Lassa Fever Management Center at Irua Specialist Hospital in Edo State.

“Two others (of which one has died) have their results awaited from NCDC Laboratory in Abuja,” Ododo said.

The physician, therefore, advised residents to adopt all the necessary precautions to prevent the outbreak of the epidemic-prone diseases in the state.

He also advised people to maintain high hygienic principles, keep rodents away from residence and food stuff materials.

He further urged the public to seek early medical attention in case of fever, headache, sore throat, vomiting, joint pain, abdominal pain and at late stage, bleeding from body orifices.

The doctor advised relatives or care givers to patients, to be careful and use gloves whenever they touched or evacuated effluents and wastes from patients.

Health officials attending to a Lassa Fever victim in a hospital
Health officials attending to a Lassa Fever victim in a hospital

“For health care givers, universal safety precaution is key. Wash hands with sanitizers, glove and kitting on personal protection equipment kit (PPE) are necessary.

“But first is to uphold high index of suspicion while clerking patient with likely Lassa fever signs and symptoms on arrival to hospital.

“Treatment is more effective if detected early and treatment commenced immediately.

“Lassa is highly infectious and contagious, everyone must beware,” Ododo advised.

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