Ogun State government has confirmed a new case of Lassa fever in the state in south-west Nigeria. This is coming barely four months after the state government declared the state Lassa fever-free.
The disease reportedly claimed the life of an assistant chief nursing officer and a serving corps member, whose identity is yet to be ascertained at the Federal Medical Centre, Idi Aba in Abeokuta, the state’s capital.
Adesuyi was said to have attended to the corps member who had contacted the virus while working as morgue attendant in the hospital.
It was further learnt that the morgue attendant was on ground to help his father who manages the morgue at the FMC in Abeokuta.
The State Commissioner for Health, Mr. Babatunde Ipaye, who confirmed the incident on Tuesday said that about 196 primary contacts with the victim and possible secondary contacts were being monitored with a view to keeping a tab on them.
He noted that though the primary source of the new case was yet to be identified, the case is being investigated.
Necessary precautions are being taken to curtail the spread of the disease. The commissioner also urged the people of the state not to exercise any unnecessary apprehension over the development, but to rather maintain a high level of personal hygiene to nib possible infection in the bud.
After the outbreak of the disease was reported in some other states in September, the Ogun State government assured residents that it had activated its disease surveillance and notification structures to detect any case of Lassa fever on time and deploy appropriate measures to prevent and control the spread of the disease.