The Ekiti state government has said that there is no cause for alarm on outbreak of Lassa fever in some states of the Federation as there’s no confirmed single case of the fever in the state.
The commissioner for Health and human services in Ekiti State, Dr(Mrs)Mojisola Yaya-Kolade Kolade, stated this in Ado Ekiti while addressing journalists on the preparedness of the State in fighting Lassa Fever which had reportedly hit neighboring States of Ondo, Osun and Kogi recently.
Dr. Yaya-Kolade -Kolade noted that all primary health facilities , specialist and general hospitals , University Teaching Hospital as well as the Federal Teaching Hospitals across the state have been sensitized and adequately prepared on the issue of Lassa Fever.
“We are doing a lot of sensitisation and education for food handlers, store keepers, and all residents on Radio, Television and in all our health facilities across the state”. She stated.
According to Biodun Olofe,the information officer for the health ministry,the commissioner disclosed that Lassa Fever which she noted was contagious could be contacted through rat or contact from someone who has been infected.
“The transmission could be through rats which are the vectors carrying it or through infected human,”she said.
Dr. Yaya-Kolade appealed to Ekiti residents to make personal hygiene their lifestyle adding that they should engage in consistence and regular hand washing, cover their food stuff especially garri properly and refrain from bush burning.
“Cover your garri very well, ensure that the production process is done hygienically, clean your environment to avoid breeding of rats, be cautious of contact with corps you don’t know its cause” .The commissioner cautioned
She said that the Oba Adejuyigbe General hospital has been dedicated as quarantine center for any confirmed case of Lassa Fever in Ekiti state.
Earlier in his contributions, the Senior Special Adviser to the Governor on public health Dr.Jimlas Ogunsakin disclosed that the incubation period for Lassa fever was between 2 to 21 days and that any suspect should be screened adequately.
Dr. Ogunsakin noted that the symptoms of Lassa Fever include high temperature, headache, vomiting, and hitching of the body.