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Anambra sets up special centres for management of Lassa fever

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ANAMBRA State Government has set up two special centres at the Onitsha General Hospital and at the General Hospital at Umueri in Anambra East Local Government Area to manage any cases of Lassa fever that may be reported in the state.

  This was contained in a release by the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C. Don Adinuba, who disclosed that it was in view of the high mortality rate of Lassa fever which has in recent days been reported in various states of the federation, including neighbouring ones. According to the commissioner, the state government has a responsibility to ensure that there is no other case of Lassa fever in the state and where it occurs, this highly contagious disease contained at once.

  The commissioner however advised ndi Anambra and the entire residents in the state to take the following precautionary measures; “always wash your hands thoroughly with soap, use sanitiser to clean your hands from time to time.

  “Always cover your foods very well so that rats, which transmit the disease to human beings through urine and faeces, will not touch the foods; cook your food very well so that where it is touched by rat’s urine or excreta, it will not be dangerous to human health.

  “Stop spreading your foodstuffs like grain and cassava pellets on the road where rats can easily assess them; stop bush fires, which drives rats from bushes to homes; stop self-medication because Lassa fever may be confused with common illnesses like malaria with which they share symptoms like high temperature and nausea.

  “Report any suspected case of Lassa fever to the Anambra State Ministry of Health at Jerome Udoji Secretariat, Awka, or to the Onitsha General Hospital or to the General Hospital in Umueri, Anambra East Local Government Area.”

“The doctors and other medical staff members in these places have been well trained to handle Lassa fever in the most professional way. They have been placed on red alert and to have high index of suspicion on presenting symptoms like high fever.

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