Lassa Fever Kills 15, 28 on Danger List in Ondo

No fewer than 15 persons have been reported dead, while  28 are on the danger list,   following the outbreak of the deadly Lassa fever disease in Ondo State.

According to report by the Punch, it was learnt that majority of the victims were from Oka Akoko, Owo and Ose.

A  source said, “Over 100 people affected   have been receiving  treatment at the Federal Medical Centre, Owo, while 15 have died and 28 are on the danger list.”

According to the source, a  ward in the hospital reserved for Lassa fever patients is overcrowded, forcing the doctors to refer some patients to the Virology Centre in Akure.

A source at the FMC  claimed one of the health workers in the hospital lost his wife to the disease a  few days ago.

He also confirmed that the number of Lassa fever patients in the hospital was increasing on a  daily basis.

A member of the state chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association,  who spoke on condition of anonymity,  told one of our correspondents that a  sensitisation programme was needed to stop the disease in the state.

The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Wahab Adegbenro, said the issue was already being addressed by the state government.

He said, “I am at the Governor’s Office (on Monday evening)  and we are having a meeting on the matter.

“That is (Lassa fever issue) is what we are trying to address now. We are working on the report available and the next line of action. That is why I’m here.”

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