-Monica Omachi, Abuja
Ondo State Government has called on residents in the state to increase on their personal and environmental cleanliness to prevent more occurrence of Lassa fever.
The Permanent Secretary of the state Ministry of Health, Dr Taiye Oni, made this call on Thursday in a statement made available to newsmen in Akure.
“Following the outburst of Lassa fever in Owo and Akoko Southwest Local Government Areas, the Ondo State Government is ready to eradicate this outburst.”
“We plea to residents not to fright but strengthen personal and environmental cleanliness, wash hands often, get rid of rats and all rodents.”
“Sidestep overfilling and mixing with people with the symptoms, avoid self-medication when there is fever and headache, and body fluid from dead people.”
“The epidemic which seems to have become a reoccurring decimal annually in some part of the state during the dry season, seems to have changed its shape by deciding to break during the raining season and in Akoko where it has never occurred before,’’ he said.
The permanent secretary affirmed the determination of the state government to fight the scourge to a stoppage.
Oni added that the state was cooperating with the Specialist Hospital, Irua, Edo, and Federal Medical Centre Owo, among others to attack the outbreak.
According to him, the state government has strengthened public awareness campaign and its public health laboratory accessible for quick laboratory result.
He said that health workers in the state had been alerted and were ready, saying that the reported cases had been secluded and put under surveillance.
Oni, therefore, called on the Federal Government to come to the aid of the state to prevent blowout of the hemorrhagic fever.