After 15 recorded deaths attributed to Lassa fever, another 102 people have been confirmed to have tested positive to the dreaded disease in January and February alone.
The Ondo state chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association, (NMA) Wale Oke made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Akure on Wednesday.
He said, “As at Thursday, February 21, 102 people have been tested positive to Lassa fever this year.
“82 people in January and 20 people so far in February apart from 15 deaths recorded in January as a result of the fever but no death has been recorded so far in February.
“Most people that died either reported late or were already subjected to alternative treatment and doing self-medication before they eventually came to the hospital.
“Their kidneys and livers had been affected as a result of the delay.”
Speaking further, the NMA state chairman who also works at the Federal Medical Center, Owo appealed to members of the public to visit the hospital once they experience a high body temperature.
“We have Contact Tracing Mechanism whereby we can place on surveillance for 21 days for those that may have contact with infected persons.
“We continue to monitor their temperature. If it is above 37.8, we direct them for quick treatment,’’ he said.
He revealed the state has the highest survival rate of Lassa fever in the country, adding that the state government has declared a state of emergency on the health sector.
“Since the outbreak of Lassa fever, we have been moving around all the health facilities to sensitize our people to the need to maintain universal caution and also to be vigilant about Lassa fever.
“So far, we have been to almost all the local government areas in the state. We rounded off with Akoko last Wednesday.
“NMA is concerned with the infection, prevention, and control out of the so many pillars involved in the management of Lassa fever, hence the basis for the sensitization.’’