The Federal Government disclosed, yesterday, that Lassa fever has claimed 41 lives from 93 reported cases in 10 states of the country.The Senate has summoned Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole over the disease outbreak.
Speaking on the outbreak, Adewole, gave an update to newsmen adding that there were no new confirmed cases or death in the last 48 hours.
The minister, speaking on the creation of a 4-man expert committee chaired by Prof. Michael Asuzu,assured the public that the task of the committee was not to apportion blame but rather to document lessons learnt from the outbreak for better planning of an affective responsive.
According to him, part of the long-term response is to establish an inter-ministerial committee to deliver a final blow on Lassa fever and other related diseases.
The committee comprised the Ministers of Education, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Environment, Information and Culture as well as Health.
Adewole advised communities to improve on their hygiene, including food hygiene and food protection practices. He also urged the public to avoid contact with rodents and rats as well as food contaminated with rat’s secretions and excretions.
Lagos state has also recorded casualties as three women have been reported dead by the Mainland Hospital Yaba, and General Hospital, Mushin from suspected Lassa fever cases.
Already, the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, and the 26 General Hospitals in the State are at red alert for isolation of any suspected Lassa fever cases.
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr.JideIdris, who, disclosed this yesterday, said even though tests on the deceased were negative to the Lassa virus, the state government had set in motion series of proactive measures to contain any possible outbreak of the disease in Lagos and environs.
Meanwhile, the Senate, yesterday, blamed the Ministry of Health for not being proactive which led to the outbreak of Lassa fever in Nigeria even as it summoned the minister to appear before it.
According to the Senate, the minister must appear before the Senators to explain the efforts put in place by the ministry to combat further spread of Lassa fever in the country, and urged Nigerians to be very conscious of the situation by adhering to rules of reasonable hygiene. It also urged non-affected states to be educated on preventive measures.
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