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Lassa fever ravages Lagos

One dies, two in critical state, 438 under close watch

The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris has confirmed  that out of the three  cases of Lassa Fever in the state, one dead person has died.

He said the victim has been buried, noting that the State has recorded 14 suspected cases of Lassa Fever as at January 21.

He added that the Ministry has shortlisted 447 contacts of the confirmed cases and 438 (98 per cent) of the contacts who are currently being monitored.

Idris who was giving update on the Lassa Fever outbreak in the state along with and the Lagos State Commissioner for Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare, yesterday, at Alausa Secretariat to journalists, said: “Three of the suspected cases were confirmed positive of Lassa Fever. One case was confirmed on January 15 and two cases were confirmed on January 18. Eight suspected cases tested negative, while we are awaiting results for the remaining three suspected cases.”
Speaking on the late victim, who was expected to be buried later yesterday, the Lagos Ministry of Health helmsman said that it was a 51-year-old man who lived in Ilasan, Lekki and returned from Edo where he attended a wedding ceremony on December 28, last year.
According to the Commissioner, the late patient was initially admitted at Divine Medical Centre in Ikoyi on January 12, 2016 and referred to Mainland Hospital Yaba early January 18, 2016 and later died at 2pm same day before the result of the laboratory test that confirmed him positive of Lassa Fever was received.
He said: “The dead victim will be buried today after due consultation with the family and has been kept in the morgue in leak proof body bag.”
Giving breakdown of the Lassa Fever cases in Lagos, he said the first confirmed case at Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) and listed the contact line as follows; Ifako Ijaiye; 100, Mushin; 18, Alimosho; 42 and Kosofe; one with a sub-total of 160.
Further giving breakdown, he added that contacts being monitored are as follows; Ifako Ijaiye- 91; Mushin – 18, Alimosho- 42; Kosofe- 1, with a sub-Total of 151
For cases two at Mainland General Hospital the contacts line listed is Eti-Osa- 66 and the contact line being monitored is at Eti-Osa- 66, with a sub- Total: 66.
“Case three, Mainland General Hospital, the contact line listed is at Amuwo: 220 and the contact being monitored is at Amuwo: 220, Sub-Total: 220. The over cases, total figure for both contacts line listed is 447 and contacts being monitored is put at 438.” he added.
The health Commissioner also stated that the Ministry has established an Emergency Operations Centre( EOC) and holds a daily briefing meeting at 6pm in the conference room of the ministry.
He requested for more Ribavirin injection and tablets and other items from the Federal Ministry of Health, adding that there is need for step up on community sensitization intervention.

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