Lassa Fever: Ondo Announces 2 Deaths, Plateau Quarantines 15 As Senate Votes Against Rat Poison Distribution


At least 15 persons, most of them relatives of a would-be bride have been quarantined in a community in Plateau State after the bride died of ailment suspected to be Lassa Fever.
Miss Nandi Audu of Ting, a community in Kombun district of Mangu Local Government Area, died last Saturday while arrangements for her wedding was in the final stage.
The deceased died at Nakowa Hospital, which has also been put under surveillance by the local government health department, according to the chairman, Titus Bise, who spoke to newsmen at the council, Tuesday.
He said the health personnel of the council were directed by the management to move quickly to quarantine persons who had contact with the deceased. He identified them as family members, friends and medical personnel that attended to her in the hospital.
Ondo state government has also announced the death of 2 persons hours after Federal Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole announced the non-occurrence of any new confirmed incidence of Lassa fever in the country in the last 72 hours.

The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Dayo Adeyanyu, who disclosed this at a Lassa Prevention Stakeholders meeting organised for Health workers, religious, opinion and traditional leaders in Akure, said one of the suspects came into the state from neighbouring Edo state.

Meanwhile, the Senate today voted against a motion seeking free distribution of rat poison by the Federal Government to the citizenry as a way of curtailing the spread of Lassa fever in the country.
Moving a motion on the spread of Lassa fever Senator Olanrewaju Tejuoso (APC, Ogun Central) suggested the free distribution of the rat poison, saying the level of poverty in the country would not allow the citizenry to purchase the substance.
However, lawmakers voted against the notion.

Source: Daily Trust|The Will
















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