Lassa fever death toll rises to 4 in Plateau

Lassa fever
Lassa fever

The death toll of Lassa fever has risen to four in Plateau State, with the most recent case occurring at the Jos University Teaching Hospital, JUTH, on Tuesday.

A medical personnel handling Lassa fever patients at the hospital said on Wednesday that a victim died in the early hours of Tuesday.

He noted that a few people infected with suspected Lassa fever at the hospital were responding to treatment.

PREMIUM TIMES gathered that one person had earlier died in Mangu, while two others died at an undisclosed hospital in Joson Saturday.

Meanwhile, the chairman of the Plateau State chapter of Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria, Badung Dalyop, advised the medical personnel handling the cases to adopt safety measures to avoid being infected.

Commenting on the death toll, Mr. Dalyop however differed on the number, saying only two persons had been confirmed dead from Lassa fever.

“The statistics given by the Ministry of Health indicates that as at last count, two persons died of Lassa fever in the state.

“My general advice to all health workers concerning Lassa fever cases is that before they attend to any patient, they must ensure that safety measures are put in place by kitting themselves.

“Every case is a suspicion case, until proven otherwise through medical examinations,” he said.

Speaking on measures already taken by the government to curtail spread of the disease in the state, he said health personnel had been retrained to properly handle the suspicious cases.

“Here in Plateau State, there has been training workshops for health personnel, particularly for directors of primary healthcare, health educators and other officers had been retrained to handle the disease. This is aimed at avoiding epidemic situation,” he said.

The expert also advised the general public to strictly observe preventive measures by avoiding consumption of contaminated food and preventing rodents from gaining access to grains.

The Plateau State commissioner for Health, Kuden Kamshak, had recently said five out of the 17 local government council areas of Plateau State were affected by the disease.

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