Health Minister confirms a case of Lassa Fever in Ogun State
…. Directs medical personnel to be vigilant and proactive
The Honourable Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole has confirmed the death of a health practitioner as a result of Lassa Fever in Ogun State.
The Minister has mandated the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to release a detailed brief as soon as it concludes it investigations.
However, Professor Adewole called on members of the public to be calm, and seek care in health care facilities. Anybody with symptoms which include fever, headaches, vomiting, should report immediately at the nearest medical facility.
Healthcare professionals are reminded to test before treating for suspected malaria, and if the test is negative for malaria, to maintain a high index of suspicion for Lassa Fever. Lassa Fever is treatable when detected early.
Medical personnel are hereby directed to report case of suspected Lassa Fever immediately to the state Epidemiologist, who has been provided with the commodities, by NCDC to respond to cases.
He also enjoined health workers to take the necessary precaution in treating patients.
The Honourable Minister commiserates with the Nigerian Association Nurses and Midwives on the death of their member.