The Lagos State Government (LASG) says 15 in-patients and other 25 health workers in Ahmmadiyyah Hospital, Ojokoro, a Lagos suburb, where the patient with the first Lassa fever virus case was first admitted were being monitored.
The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, who stated this in Lagos. that it had also placed under surveillance Ahmmadiyyah Hospital, Ojokoro.
“Ahmmadiyyah Hospital where the 25-year-old male undergraduate of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State was treated on admission. in Lagos is now under surveillance and there will be no service delivery in the facility until further notice,’’ he said.
Idris said that the Lassa fever case was the first occurrence in the state claiming that the government was doing its best to curtail its spread.
“The patient; a 25 year old, male, undergraduate of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State was reported to have fallen ill after he arrived Lagos.
“In view of this new development, the Lagos State Government has called on residents of the State to be calm.
“This we are saying in assurance that both the State and Federal Governments are doing everything possible to control the spread of the Lassa virus.
“This we are doing in line with international standards, the contacts of the patient are being tracked for follow-up; Drugs and other materials have also been prepositioned at our designated facilities,’’ he said.
Idris stated that isolation centres had been prepared to manage suspected and confirmed cases.
He also urged its citizens to be alert and informed government if suspected of any case.
“The Mainland Hospital and all other General Hospitals have been placed on the alert where the anti-viral drugs for the management of cases are available.
“Ambulances have been dedicated to respond to referral and transportation of cases.
Idris, also said that there would be a reactivation of isolation wards in LASUTH and 26 General Hospitals in Lagos State for isolation of any suspected case.
“There will be prepositioning of PPEs in all 26 General Hospitals for use by health workers with 6,750 PPEs reserve at Mainland Hospital, Yaba.
“The Disease Surveillance and Notification Officers (DSNOs) in all the LGAs in the state have been sensitized on Lassa fever to enhance early detection and prompt reporting of cases.