Five cases confirmed as Lassa Fever preadss Ondo

Lassa fever kills student in Plateau

Lassa fever has spread to Ondo state, with four persons infected.

Two of those infected are in Owo and another two in Akoko South local government areas of the state.

Permanent secretary in the state ministry of health, Doctor Taye Oni, expressed concern over the timing of the discovery of the disease in the state.

He explained the ministry is collaborating with Federal Medical Centre, Owo, for the treatment of those infected.

“Government is doing its best to contain the recorded cases by isolating the patients to prevent further spread,” Mr. Oni said.

 “We also embarked on aggressive contact tracing, sensitisation of the people not just in Owo and Ose but across the state on preventing and precautionary measures.”

The reports emerged three weeks of a student of Achievers University, Owo, infected with the disease and hospitalised at the Federal Medical Centre in Owo.

Vice Chancellor of the school, Professor Samuel Ibiyemi, confirmed that an out-of-campus student of the institution is one of those infected with the disease.

“The Management of Achievers University, Owo takes the overall well-being of its staff and students seriously. Nothing is, therefore, spared to ensure this. Apart from the University health centre, which is empowered to cater for the health of students and staff promptly, the University has a memorandum of understanding with the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Owo, to which staff and students are referred when the need arises,” the Mr. Ibiyemi explained.

“For a fact, a student of the University reported at the University health centre for treatment. However, she was not responding to treatment, and as usual, had to be referred to the FMC, where she was diagnosed of having Lassa fever symptoms. She has since stabilised, and will be discharged anytime soon.

“Investigation carried out by the University revealed that the affected student must have contracted the disease from outside the university premises as none of her roommates and friends, who have been screened, developed symptoms of the ailment.

“So, what we have in the university is an isolated case of Lassa fever, not an outbreak as being rumoured.”

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