Abia Govt. calms nerves as Lassa Fever kills medical doctor, infects child

Posted by News Express | 2 April 2018 | 1,545 times

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The Abia State Government has moved swiftly to allay fears following the outbreak of Lassa Fever at Federal Medical Center (FMC) in the state capital, Umuahia. 

“The state Ministry of health is working with the authorities of FMC to ensure full containment of the disease and prophylactic treatment of others who may have come in contact with the victims. 

“We have fully deployed all our emergency medical response systems to instantly ensure full containment and management of the outbreak,” the State Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, said in a statement issued on Monday. 

A medical doctor has died from the fever while a child has also been confirmed to be infected. 

“The government wishes to call on members of the public to be vigilant and report all suspected cases to the nearest medical facility in the state,” the Commissioner said, adding:

“All those who had contact with the child, suspected to be the index case, and the medical practitioner who lost her life, should report to FMC Umuahia immediately for further review.

“Drugs for treatment of Lassa Fever are available in the state in good quantities and there is no cause for panic as the disease can be successfully treated, especially if diagnosed early.

“Members of the public are advised to ensure that they maintain clean and sanitary environment at all times.

“Our hearts and prayers are with the families and friends of the two identified victims of this sad and unfortunate outbreak. May God be with them at this time and always.”



Source: News Express

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