A patient currently on admission at the Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido Ekiti (FETHI), has reportedly tested positive to Lassa Fever.
According to the state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr Olurotimi Ojo, who revealed the first case of the infection in the state on Monday at a Stakeholders meeting on Lassa Fever, the patient is currently being isolated at the hospital, while efforts were being made by experts to ensure that she survives.
The Chief Medical Director (CMD) for FETHI, Dr. Lawrence Ayodele, confirmed that the victims is a Nursing student who was initially being treated for malaria and typhoid fever with high profile antibiotics, but did not respond to treatment.
“Immediately the patient was diagnosed and confirmed, the management began the process of contact tracing. Once you have an index case, there is tendency of having a primary case and possible spread and this could be dangerous.
“Though, the doctors are handling the situation and monitoring the situation very closely. So, nobody has been quarantined after the contact tracing”, he said.
Dr Ojo added that the State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose had already prepared an isolated ward within the premises of Oba Adejugbe General Hospital, Ado Ekiti, even before the breakout of the disease in the State.
“However, the situation is being curtailed from efforts from the State government in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health and World Health Organisation (WHO), through the office of the national center for disease control.
“The governor is also embarking on public and town-to-town sensitization about Lassa fever through the airing of jingles on the state broadcasting corporation and distribution of IEC materials to the people”.
He advised the people of the state to take precautionary measures and refrain from taking risk that can lead to the contact or spread of the disease.
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