Lassa: Govt. Increases Surveillance, Cautions Against Panic

As three more people who came in contact with two patients who died of Lassa Fever, test positive at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, government has assured it is able to control further spread.

At a joint media briefing at the premises of LUTH, Chief Medical Director, Professor Chris Bode and Director Public Health and Diseases Control, Lagos State Ministry of  Health, Dr. Eniola Erinosho both assured that though about 150 people altogether are being monitored variously in the State, the outbreak is under control.

According to Bode, so far only three of about 100 health personal who treated both the dead 32-year old pregnant woman and a sickle-cell patient, have tested positive but are responding to treatment at the isolation wards.

He noted, ” We have four bed isolation unit which is completely self-contained and have room for nurses and doctors, where they can change, their own toilet and bathroom, it has continuous supply of electricity and water and fully air condition and we follow standard procedure in attending to the patients and after treatment”.

Dr. Erinosho

Bode also added,  “We have actually tested about five and three have been positive, and they are being well-managed. LUTH is collaborating with Lagos State Ministry of Health as regards the drugs for treatment which are also from the ministry. We are on top of the situation and there should be no panic”, said Bode. 

Erinosho also added that with regards to the dead woman who was referred to LUTH from a private facility, Divine Grace, Imota,she has since been buried at her Ilesa hometown while the corpse of other male still in LUTH morgue will equally be disposed with best practices in body bag.

He said that the state ministry of Health has alerted it’s Odun State counterpart to follow-up on the case taken to Ilesha.

Erinosho noted that there are two other people who are being monitored at the Mainland Hospital,  Yaba, are doing well and would soon be discharged after completion of 21 days of follow-up treatment.

In his reaction, President, Association of Resident Doctors, LUTH, Dr Adebayo Sekunmade, appealed to hospital management to provide enough Personal Protective Equipment, PPE to curtail the situation.

According to Sekunmade, “Some resident doctors have volunteered to treat those 100 people under surveillance but we want the management to handle the situation more carefully.

“The volunteer resident doctors and nurses should not come to the general wards or move around the premises carelessly.

“They should be appropriately monitored and also protected so as to prevent further casualties,” he noted.

 

 

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