Lassa fever; One dead, one responding, but Delta State calms fears


By Kasarachi Azuka



The Delta State government has moved to calm frayed nerves over outbreak of Lassa fever. The fever has so far affected two persons. The sttate government says residents of the state have no need to be alarmed, assuring of the state’s ability to effectively curb the spread of the disease since it was able to handle it the last time it emerged.

Already the state government has demonstrated its determination in this light by the donating personal protective kits to the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba.

Commissioner for Health, Dr Nicholas Azinge,  gave the assurance in Asaba while donating medical items that would assist the management of Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Asaba fight against the disease. The items included 250 pieces of disposable coat/suit, 500 pieces Elbow Length Gloves, 50 packets of surgical hand Gloves, 50 sets Protective boots, among others.

Dr Azinge who said the donations were part of the state government’s collaborative efforts to address the disease just as he informed that the relevant authorities were on top of the situation.

The Commissioner confirmed that two cases of Lassa Fever disease were recorded in the state and were brought to the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba, for medical attention.

He said the first case brought to the FMC was that of a 43 year old male resident in the state who was successfully treated and later referred to Irrua Specialist Hospital, Edo State and was responding to treatment.

He said the family members of the man and the ambulance driver who conveyed him to the hospital were being closely watched while more contact-tracing was on-going.

The information boss disclosed that all the Primary Health Care centres in the state have been activated, sensitization activities geared up and advised residents to report any case of malaria and typhoid fever cases that are not responding to treatment to the nearest medical facility as early report of cases will save lives.

Azinge said he was in contact with his counterpart in Anambra State as regards the second case which was brought in from Anambra. He added that the corpse would be handed over to his colleague so that proper burial arrangement would be carried out so as not to expose more persons to the disease.

Receiving the donated items on behalf of the hospital, the chief medical director, FMC Asaba, Victor Osiatuma, expressed gratitude to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for the gesture and assured of the effective use of the items.

Explaining, Osiatuma revealed that it was that of an adult female who was brought in from Anambra State on Sunday, January 28 but unfortunately passed on the following day, Monday, January 29. 

Osiatuma assured residents on the ability of the hospital to handle the disease stating that with the donated items and trainings given to their personnel the spread will be effectively curbed.