Lagos state has recorded another
Lassa fever death after a 51 year
old died of the disease in Mainland
Hospital, Yaba.
This is means that three cases
are confirmed while no fewer
than 14 suspected cases of lasasa
fever have been recorded 14 as at
January 21, according to the Lagos
State Commissioner for Health, Dr
Jide Idris.
The commissioner confirmed
that the patient, who was initially
admitted at Divine Medical
Centre, Ikoyi, may have contacted
the disease after attending a
wedding ceremony in Edo State in
According to the commissioner,
the patient died on January 18
before the result of the laboratory
test that confirmed him positive
of Lassa fever was received at the
Infectious Diseases hospital in
Idris noted that another 36-yearold
lady, a native of Kogi State, who
had tested positive to the disease
was currently on admission at the
Mainland hospital while the health
ministry had begun tracing 438
contacts related to the three index
cases that were recorded in the
“Three of the suspected cases
were confirmed positive of Lassa
Fever. One case was confirmed
on January 15 and two cases were
confirmed on January 18. Eight
suspected cases tested negative,
while we are awaiting results for
the remaining three suspected
“Eight samples tested negative
while we are awaiting results for
the remaining three suspected
cases. The Ministry has listed 447
contacts of the confirmed cases and
438 of the contacts are currently
being monitored.
“We have made available
drugs and other materials at our
designated facilities; and isolation
centres have been prepared to
manage suspected and confirmed
The commissioner called on
residents and health workers
to adhere to infection control
measures in their environment and
hospitals to prevent an outbreak in
the state.
He added that the Ministry
has shortlisted 447 contacts of
the confirmed cases and 438 (98
per cent) of the contacts who are
currently being monitored.
Idris, who was giving update on
the Lassa fever outbreak in the state
along with and the Lagos State
Commissioner for Environment,
Dr. Babatunde Adejare, yesterday,
at Alausa Secretariat to journalists,
said the victim was to be buried
He said the late 51-year-old man
lived in Ilasan, Lekki and returned
from Edo where he attended a
wedding ceremony on December
28, last year.
Giving breakdown of the Lassa
Fever cases in Lagos, he said the
first confirmed case at Lagos State
University Teaching Hospital ,
LUTH and listed the contact line as
follows; Ifako Ijaiye; 100, Mushin;
18, Alimosho; 42 and Kosofe; one
with a sub-total of 160.
Further giving breakdown,
he added that contacts being
monitored are as follows; Ifako
Ijaiye- 91; Mushin – 18, Alimosho-
42; Kosofe- 1, with a sub-total of
For cases two at Mainland
General Hospital the contacts line
listed is Eti-Osa- 66 and the contact
line being monitored is at Eti-Osa-
66, with a sub-total: 66.
“Case three, Mainland General
Hospital, the contact line listed is
at Amuwo: 220 and the contact
being monitored is at Amuwo: 220,
Sub-total: 220. The over cases, total
figure for both contacts line listed is
447 and contacts being monitored
is put at 438.” he added.
The health Commissioner
also stated that the Ministry
has established an Emergency
Operations Centre, EOC and
holds a daily briefing meeting at
6pm in the conference room of the
He requested for more Ribavirin
injection and tablets and other
items from the Federal Ministry
of Health, adding that there is
need for step up on community
sensitisation intervention.

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