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‘No corps member was diagnosed with Lassa fever in Asaba’

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Delta State government has debunked rumours that a cadet of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) was diagnosed with Lassa fever in Asaba, thereby recording an isolated case of the dreaded disease in the state capital.

The Commissioner for Information, Charles Aniagwu, made the government’s position known during a press briefing in Asaba.

Aniagwu, at the end of the first State Executive Council (Exco) meeting on Wednesday, said information from Irrua Specialist Hospital in Edo State, where the patient was erroneously rushed, proved otherwise.

His words, “I want to seize this opportunity to debunk the story making the rounds that a case of Lassa fever has been recorded in Delta. As a government, we have followed the development and can authoritatively say that it is not true, because the patient, who was erroneously rushed to the hospital at Irrua on the recommendation of Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Asaba, is responding to treatment.”

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Meanwhile, Edo State government has donated of 200 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, as part of efforts to curb the spread of the disease in the state.

The Godwin Obaseki government had over the years equipped the Institute of Lassa Fever Research and Control at the hospital with dialysis machines, ventilators, PEP and drugs, among others required for effective management and treatment of patients.

Presenting the items, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Patrick Okundia, reassured the citizens of the Governor Obaseki-led administration’s commitment to combat the scourge, adding the donation was to arrest the spread of Lassa fever for the benefit of Edo people and to protect caregivers.

Commending the institute for its cooperation, the medical expert described the hospital as a centre of excellence in the management of Lassa fever in the country.

Earlier, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of hospital, Prof. Sylvanus Okogbeni, who received the donation on behalf of the hospital management, expressed appreciation to Governor Obaseki for his immediate response and keen interest in fighting the scourge.

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