Lassa Fever: Enugu Urges Residents To Remain Calm

Workers of Credit Direct Limited, on a road walk to sensitise members of the public on their health in Abuja, recently.

The Enugu State Government has urged residents not to panic or entertain any fear due to the confirmed case of Lassa fever death.
The Tides’s source reports that the state Ministry of Health, had last Monday, confirmed that one patient died in a government hospital in the state.
The Permanent Secretary, Dr Ifeanyi Agujiobi, the state Ministry of Health, told the source in Enugu that “there is no cause for alarm’’.
Agujiobi revealed that the state had no other suspected or confirmed case of Lassa fever presently.
He said that the ministry had identified the high and low risk individuals, who came in contact with the deceased through contact-tracing, adding that they had been attended to medically on time; “since timely treatment checks the virus’’.
He also said that the government had contacted the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Abuja on the latest development and how the centre could come in and assist the state.
The permanent secretary noted that the state had already commenced a massive sensitisation against the disease in local radio and television houses, using native languages.
The Tide’s source reports that the state has already started deploying experts in epidemiology and health professionals to begin contact-tracing of doctors, health workers, family members, friends and food vendors patronised by the deceased.
It was learnt that the victim died in one of the Federal Government health facilities (name withheld) within the Enugu metropolis.