The Lagos State Commissioner for Health disclosed on Wednesday morning that a case of Lassa Fever has been recorded and the patient quarantined at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).
This is the first known case of Hemorrhagic fever in Lagos since it’s outbreak in December.
Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, urged residents to be calm as the situation was under control. He said they are doing everything possible to control the spread of the disease in Lagos.
He assured that the state government was maintaining relevant surveillance activities through its disease surveillance officers at the local government level to prevent the spread of the disease.
“Isolation wards have been prepared to manage suspected and confirmed cases, drugs, and other materials have also been prepositioned at designated facilities while health workers have been placed on red alert and community sensitization activities intensified,” said Abayomi in a statement by the Director of Public Health, Tunbosun Ogunbamwo.
“The Ministry of Health through Epidemiology, Biosecurity and Global Health Directorate is currently carrying out ‘contact tracing’ to determine those who may have been infected in line with international standards while we beef up our other surveillance strategies,” he said.
He urged residents to maintain adequate personal hygiene and environmental sanitation at all times as part of prevention and control measures against the spread of the disease in Lagos.
He emphasized the need for proper disposal of waste at designated dump sites and not into the drainage system.
The commissioner stressed that residents should store house-hold refuse in sanitary refuse bags or dust bins with tight-fitting covers to avoid infestation by rats and rodents; dispose of refuse properly at designated dump sites and not into the drainage system and store food items in rodent-proof containers.
“The public is further advised to avoid contact with rats, to always cover their food and water properly, cook all their food thoroughly, block all holes in the septic tanks and holes through which rats can enter the house as well as clear rat hideouts within the premises,” he said.
“Hands must be washed often with soap and running water or application of hand sanitizers after each contact with patients. Contaminated materials and instruments must be autoclaved. Also, hospital mattresses must be covered with plastic sheets to prevent contamination,” Abayomi said.
He stated that a case of Lassa Fever should be suspected in any person with a persistent high fever that defies standard treatment for malaria and typhoid fever or bleeding from the body surface, appealing that such symptoms be reported to the nearest government-approved health facility or through these emergency operation center lines- 08023169485, 08033565529 and 08052817243.
“I would like to reassure Lagosians that our vigilance levels are very high and we are putting more measures in place to safeguard the state,” Abayomi said.