Ondo sends Lassa fever patient back to Edo
The Ondo State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Dayo Adeyanju, disclosed that a case of the deadly Lassa fever has been detected at the Federal Medical Centre, Owo, Ondo State,
and it was gathered that the victim who came from Edo State went to the FMC to treat malaria fever but after a blood test it was discovered the victim had contacted the deadly disease. However, the state government said it was proactive about the case by transferring the victim back to Edo state Dr. Dayo Adeyanju, who confirmed the development, added that there was no cause for alarm as the government had already taken necessary steps to prevent the spread of the disease, and, “It is expected, we have already said it, that is why we are proactive about it to ensure that if anybody has symptom and sign of Lassa fever, we will be able to quickly detect and then curtail it.“Also, there would be active surveillance, where we look around to see if anybody has been infected. Already contact tracing has begun on this one.”, he explained that the case was a suspected case at the FMC, Owo, saying the victim had fever and other symptoms that suggested that it was a Lassa fever case.The commissioner said the doctor took the blood sample of the victim and referred it to Irrua Specialists’ Hospital in Edo State, noting that it was the hospital that diagnosed and confirmed it, and expressed assurance that the disease would not spread in the state, also confirmed that the victim had been transferred to Irrua Specialists’ Hospital for adequate treatment.