January 27, 2020
The Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Lokoja in Kogi yesterday, confirmed three cases of Lassa fever and one death at the hospital in the last one week.
Dr Bernard Ododo, the Head of Clinical Services (HCSs) FMC Lokoja, disclosed this in an interview with news hunters on Sunday in Lokoja.
Ododo said that five suspected cases of Lassa fever were reported in the hospital in the last one week, out of which three were positive, and one died.
”Five suspected cases were reported at the hospital in the last one week; three already tested positive, of which one died and two cases were already transferred to Lassa Fever Management Center at Irua Specialist Hospital in Edo State”.
”Two others (of which one has died) has their results awaited from NCDC Laboratory in Abuja,” Ododo said.
The doctor, therefore, advised residents to adopt all the necessary precautions to prevent the outbreak of epidemic-prone diseases in the state.
While advising the people to maintain high degree of hygienic principle, Ododo stressed that the general public should keep rodents away from residence and food stuff materials.
He further urged the public to seek early medical attention in case of fever, headache, sore throat, vomiting, joint pain, abdominal pain and at late stage; bleeding from body orifices.
The doctor advised the relatives or care givers to patients, to be careful and use gloves whenever they touch or evacuate effluents and wastes from the patient.
”For health care givers, universal safety precaution is key. Wash hands with sanitizers, glove and kitting on Personal Protection Equipment kit (PPE) are necessary”.
”But first is to uphold high index of suspicion while checking patients with likely Lassa fever signs and symptoms on arrival to the hospital”.
”Treatment is more effective if detected early. Lassa is highly infectious and contagious, everyone must beware,” Ododo advised.