Via The Punch: Lassa fever: Don’t panic, Edo tells residents. Excerpt:
The Edo State Government on Tuesday said it had reactivated its response and surveillance team for the prevention of Lassa fever, a few days after four persons reportedly died from the epidemic.
The recent victims, including a medical doctor, were said to have died in Anambra State and their blood samples tested positive at the centre for Lassa fever diagnosis and treatment – located within the Irrua Specialist Hospital, in Esan North-East Local Government Area of Edo State.
However, the Edo State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Eregia Ahianuwa, who disclosed this to The PUNCH in Benin, the state capital, said there was no need for residents to panic, adding that there had been no reported case of an outbreak in the state.
Ahianuwa said that disease surveillance officers had swung into action by moving into rural communities, where additional awareness was required.
She said, “We have taken the relevant measures already. We never really stopped. But we have reactivated our response team.
“We have disease surveillance officers. They started moving out yesterday to go beyond the cities.”
She also said efforts were being made to ensure that residents of the state maintain a hygienic environment.
According to her, such efforts were necessary due to the position of Edo as a transit state.