The Lagos state government on Wednesday morning said a case of Lassa fever was just recorded and the patient quarantined at the Lagos University Hospital (LUTH).
This is the first known case of hemorrhagic fever in Lagos since the December outbreak that left dozens dead in 19 states in Nigeria.
The Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, who made the disclosure, asked residents to be calm because the situation was under control.
The Commissioner said that the state government, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health and the Nigeria Disease Control Center (NCDC), was doing everything possible to control the spread of the disease in Lagos.
He ensured that the state government maintained relevant surveillance activities through the disease surveillance officers at every local government level to prevent the spread of the disease.
“Isolation wards have been prepared to handle and manage suspected and confirmed cases, drugs and other materials have also been placed in designated facilities, while health workers have been put on red alert and community awareness activities have intensified,” said Abayomi in a statement. the Director of Public Affairs. Cheers, Tunbosun Ogunbamwo.
“The Ministry of Health through the Epidemiology, Biosecurity and Global Health is currently conducting ‘contact tracking’ to determine those who may have been infected according to international standards while we improve our other surveillance strategies,” he said.
He urged residents to always maintain adequate personal hygiene and environmental sanitation as part of the prevention and control measures against the wide-spread of the disease in Lagos.
According to Abayomi, the prevention and control of the disease were the shared responsibility of all citizens, calling for food items to be stored in rodent-proof containers and household waste discarded in sanitary bags or dustbins with tight lids. adjusted to prevent infestation by rats. .
He emphasized the need for proper waste disposal at designated disposal sites and not in the drainage system.
“The public is also recommended to avoid contact with mice, always cover food and water properly, cook all food well, block all holes in septic tanks and holes through which mice can enter the house, as well as hiding places clear inside the facility, ”he said.
For health professionals from public and private institutions, Abayomi emphasized the need to observe universal safety precautions, comply with infection prevention and control measures when dealing with patients, adding that appropriate personal protective equipment, such as hand gloves, face masks, goggles and overalls, should be worn when handling cases.
“Hands should be frequently washed with soap and running water or application of hand sanitizers after each contact with patients. Contaminated materials and instruments must be autoclaved. Hospital mattresses must also be covered with plastic sheets to avoid contamination, ”said Abayomi.
He said that a case of Lassa fever should be suspected in anyone with a persistent high fever that defies standard treatment for malaria and typhoid or body surface bleeding, calling for these symptoms to be reported to the government-approved health service or through these emergencies operation center lines – 08023169485, 08033565529 and 08052817243.
“I would like to reassure the inhabitants of Lagos that our levels of surveillance are very high and we are taking more measures to safeguard the state,” said Abayomi.