Lassa: Measures on ground to curb outbreak – Osun
From Fisayo Akinduro, Osogbo
In a bid to curtail the spread of Lassa fever, Osun State Government says it has adopted proactive measures against the outbreak of the fever in the state.
The Special Adviser on Public Health to Governor Gboyega Oyetola, Dr Olasiji Olamiju, made this known in Osogbo while fielding questions from The Hope.
Olamiju said since there was an outbreak of Lassa Fever in the country, especially the neighboring state (Ondo), it became important to put in necessary measures to curtail the spread of the viral infection to Osun State.
“The outbreak has caused panic in Ondo, with many residents in fear that the disease might spread from the northern part of the state, where it breaks out to other parts, hence the need for this awareness campaign to sensitize our people to imbibe healthy practices”, he said.
While assuring residents that there was no cause for alarm, he said that all health institutions and workers had been placed on high alert against the spread of the virus, while enlightenment campaigns had been intensified.
“Our Primary Healthcare centres’ indices of suspicion have been increased and thanks to our Governor, Dr Gboyega Oyetola, he had revitalized 332 PHCs across the state, while we are sensitising our health workforce and building their capacity to know how to promptly handle diseases when they occur. Also, all secondary and tertiary health facilities are equally combat ready to curtail the spread”, he said.
He called on the people to remain alert, especially about reporting suspected outbreaks and symptoms such as high fever, weakness, headaches, vomiting, and later bleedings from the mouth or other body orifices to the appropriate nearby health facilities.
He warned households against poor display and disposal of food remnants as well as ensuring hygienic kitchens and clean utensils.