Lassa Fever: Ogun Places 396 People Under Surveillance


The Ogun Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye, has said the 396 people who had primary and secondary contacts with the late Assistant Chief Nursing Officer of Federal Medical Centre, Idi Aba, Abeokuta, Abolanle Adesuyi, who died of Lassa fever last Sunday, have been traced and placed under surveillance.

He said this was done in case they would develop symptoms of the disease.

The commissioner disclosed this during the inauguration of Shoremekun Memorial Hospital at Ifo Local Government Area of the state on Friday.

Ipaye said the primary contacts were mostly members of the late victim’s family; while the secondary contacts were the victim’s co-workers in the hospital, particularly those in her department. Ipaye however said so far, none of the contacts have shown abnormal temperature since their monitoring began.

He added that the medical officer attached to each of the contacts would continue to monitor them until the specified period, in line with the World Health Organisation standard was exceeded before they could be medically adjudged to be free of the disease.

He said, “All the 396 contacts have not shown any abnormal symptoms or signs of Lassa fever.

“Their temperature is under control and we have stationed our monitoring officer with each of the contacts to continue monitoring them throughout a specific period, in line with the World Health Organisation standard.”

While urging members of the public not to panic, Ipaye assured that government was on top of the situation.

He, however, advised the people to cultivate high level of hygiene and keep their food away from rats.

Ipaye also advised members of the public to report any case of malaria symptoms that may have exceeded three days to the nearest General Hospital, the Ministry of Health, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta; or call the following dedicated lines; 09099140121 and 09099140122.


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