Delta State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Nicholas Azinge, has advised residents not to panic over the recent outbreak of Lassa fever which claimed the life of a medical doctor, as the state government has put necessary measures in place to curtail the spread of the disease.
Azinge gave this advice when he received the Federal Government’s Rapid Response Team on a Technical Assistant Mission to the state over the outbreak of Lassa fever.
He thanked the federal government for sending a five-man technical assistant team made up of experts from the Nigerian Center for Disease Control, NCDC, and Nigerian Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programme, NFELPT, for their help in tackling the disease.
The team has been in Delta for some days working with the state’s epidemiologist, disease surveillance and notification officer to assess what has been done so far and proffer technical assistance in closing whatever perceived gaps that exist.
The commissioner revealed that 55 persons are under surveillance for having come in contact one way or the other with the diseased doctor, while four others earlier tested and found negative have not shown any symptom of the disease, adding that El-Comfort Hospital, Bonsac, Asaba, which was earlier shut down and fumigated for treating the victim has been re-opened, while the deceased’s hospital, Rainbow Hospital, Umuaji, Asaba, remains shut.
He reiterated that previous committees set up to tackle the disease have been reactivated, while awareness campaigns through the mass media to enlighten the general public on how the disease is transmitted and could be prevented to forestall its spread has been stepped up.
While thanking Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for the enabling environment and necessary resources in tackling the disease, the commissioner said his ministry will continue to update residents with relevant information as events unfold.