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Lagos Records First Lassa Fever Outbreak Case




Lagos has recorded a case of the Lassa Hemorrhagic fever which has been reported to be raging in over 19 States in the country.

Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi, who disclosed this on Wednesday, confirmed that the patient had been isolated at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).

Abayomi said the situation was under control and urged residents to be calm and not panic, assuring that State government, in active collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, is doing everything possible to control the spread of the disease in Lagos State.

“The Ministry of Health through Epidemiology, Biosecurity and Global Health Directorate is currently carrying out ‘contact tracing’ to determine those who may have been infected in line with international standards while we beef up our other surveillance strategies,“ he said.

According to Abayomi, as part of preventive measures, there’s need for members of the public to maintain personal hygiene and environmental sanitation.

The Commissioner urged health workers as well as citizens to report suspected case or cases of the disease to the nearest government approved health facility, the Ministry of Health or call the emergency operation centre lines – 08023169485 ,
08033565529 and 08052817243.

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