Ekiti state government has taken pro active measures towards combating the outbreak of Lassa fever by establishing a special centre where suspected victims will be treated. This measure was taken, following the reported outbreak of the disease in the neighboring Ondo state
The commissioner for Health, Dr Mojisola Yaya- Kolade, who spoke in Ado-Ekiti, during the flag off of a yellow fever vaccination program Thursday, said Governor Kayode Fayemi had ordered that the state take proactive action, in view of the ugly statistics indicating that 18 persons had been attacked in Ondo state while also battling many other suspected cases.
The commissioner said: “The governor, Dr Fayemi has placed all the health officers in Ekiti on alert and we have designated one of our facilities for the special purpose of receiving any suspected case for immediate treatment. The experts have held meetings with the overnor in this regard.
“It has affected Ondo state, our neighbour and we need to be on alert because of the proximity. It is also spreading in Kano. 18 suspects had been diagnosed in Ondo.
“Leaders of health sector are in dialogue with stakeholders and international partners not.We have got the mandate of the governor for the procurement of equipment like protective jackets and consumables that will be needed to diagnose and treat any victim.
“We have also created a location among the health facilities in Ekiti where potential victims will be taken to for treatment. That arrangement had been made.
“We are also sensitising our people by letting them know that when you notice symptoms like body ache, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, haemorrhage, stomach ache and when temperature keep rising after being treated for malaria fever, then report immediately. Ekiti must be on alert. Prevention is better than cure. We don’t want our people to die in Ekiti as a result of this disease,” she stated.