By Kasarachi Azuka/Asaba
Already, deaths and seven cases of Lassa fever have been confirmed in Delta State by the newly appointed commissioner for health in Delta State, Dr Mordi Ononye. He says there is re-emergence of outbreak of the disease in the state since January 26, 2018.
He explained that the three deaths included two persons from Anambra State and one from Delta State.
Dr Monye, however, said that as part of measures to contain the spread of the disease in the state, 24 persons have been so far placed under surveillance while active case search and contact tracing are ongoing.
In the statement made available to Silver News, Dr Monye assured residents of the state not to panic as the Ministry of Health through its Rapid Response Team was on top of the situation and has been coordinating the state’s response to contain the spread of the disease.
Part of efforts so far put in place to contain the spread of the disease is the use of the ministry’s ambulance to convey patients to Irrua specialist Hospital, Edo State, and thereafter disinfect same. He said the ministry has procured some Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) which have been distributed to health facilities across the state including the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba.
He further disclosed that sensitization of health workers in the state to have a high index of suspicion and take preventive measures when managing infectious cases was ongoing. He added that the ministry in collaboration with the State Primary Health Development Agency was creating awareness through the various mass media so that the general public could refresh their memories on how the disease is transmitted and take preventive measures to forestall its spread.
Dr Monye disclosed that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Abuja has been contacted, adding that “the centre is collaborating with the state in this regard”.
While thanking the Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa for the support given to the ministry to help curtail the spread of the disease in the state, Dr Monye advised the general public to report any suspected case to the nearest health facility or call 07037120510 or 08168741415.