Traditional ruler tasks health workers on Lassa fever treatment

Oba Ajibade Ogunoye, the Olowo of Owo, has tasked health workers to be friendly and professional while treating patients infected with Lassa fever.

Ogunoye said this when a team of the state Ministry of Health and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) paid him a courtesy visit.

The visit is part of Lassa fever sensitisation in Owo, Owo Local Government Area of the state.

Humans contract Lassa virus through exposure to food or household items contaminated with urine or faeces of infected rats.

The traditional ruler said if health workers were friendly to Lassa fever patients, others

with similar symptoms would be encouraged to report at health facilities.

He said that such act would go a long way in contributing to government efforts to address the challenge of Lassa fever infection in the state.

Ogunoye called for continued partnership by relevant stakeholders in the fight against Lassa fever in the Ondo State and promised that the Palace would support any effort in that regard.

Earlier, Dr Stephen Fagbemi, an epidemiologist in the ministry, said the many people infected with the virus still do not report their case.

He said the campaign was to reverse the trend with a view to ensuring that Lassa fever was reduced to the barest minimum in the state.

“We are privileged in Ondo State because we have facilities to test and treat Lassa fever and it is free.

“If our people can come and report early to the facilities, there will be no of deaths as a result of Lassa fever infection,” he said.

The epidemiologist commended the traditional ruler for being in the forefront in the fight the scourge.

Mrs Adejoke Anao, an official of NCDC, said the organisation was in the state to partner the state government to contain the spread of the disease.

Anao noted that the scourge was rampant more in Owo Local Government Area of the state followed by Ose, Akure South, Akure North and Akoko South-West.

She called on members of the public to shun self-help and report any symptom of ill health to the nearest health facility.

She said that Lassa fever symptoms were similar to that of malaria fever, adding that it is contagious, adding that people must cooperate with government to contain it.

The team later had a meeting with health stakeholders at the Federal Medical Centre where they sensitised market women, artisans, farmers and others.

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