There is no spread of Lassa Fever in Osun State-Commissioner
By RAZAQ BAMIDELE
The state government of Osun in the south west of Nigeria has allayed the fears of the general public that there is no outbreak of Lassa fever in any part of the state.
This was contained in a release by the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Adelani Baderinwa who asserted that, there has not been any report on the spread of the disease by our medical personnel who are observing patients in hospitals.
“There is no reason for anybody to panic on the report of a suspected Lassa fever case in the state. What was reported is an isolated death case of a young man who came from a neighbouring state. “The young man who was suspected of carrying Lassa fever disease from the neighbouring state died at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex, Ile-Ife.
” As a proactive measure, the medical personnel had to quarantine those who had contact with the strayed deceased for observation. This is a normal medical procedure, and does not mean the quarantined people are possibly carrying lassa fever disease.
“As at today, there has not been any other confirmed Lassa fever case except that of the young man from a neighbouring state that died at the OAUTHC,” the release stated.
The commissioner assured that all necessary steps to prevent the outbreak of this disease or any other one in Osun had been pro actively taken.
According to him, filth and dirts are been regularly taken care of, while medical personnel had been on red alert to ensure any unexpected disease outbreak is contained.
“As far as prevention is concerned, Osun government has been proactive while all curative efforts are already set in place.
“We urge people to make sure that their environment is clean and keep their foodstuffs away from rodents. Once again, the government urges the people not to panic, as there is no spread of lassa fever in the state,” the release concluded.