Two confirmed dead as Lassa Fever ravages Oyo communities
Govt allays fears, sets up surveillance system
At least, two persons were confirmed dead due to Lassa Fever, while many have been hospitalized at the State General Hospital at Iwere lle, Iwajowa Local Government Area of Oyo State.
The state said: ‘‘There were reported cases of deaths at Iwajowa Local Government Area of Oyo State on Wednesday, January 12, 2022. The deaths were said to have been associated with fever, gastrointestinal symptoms and some neck swelling”.
Oyo State revealed the fact that there was an increase in number of cases brought from the Gaa Agbaruru settlement with confirmation of two deaths at the facility. The team was then led to Gaa Agbaruru, a Fulani settlement in Iwere ward of the LGA where the victims of the illness came from.
However, the state government, yesterday, called on all residents of the state to remain calm over the reported cases of Lassa Fever in Iwajowa Local Government Area of the state.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Bode Ladipo, made this known in a statement issued by the ministry and made available to journalists in Ibadan, noting that the state government is doing everything possible to curtail further spread of the virus.
He added that in response to the development, the government has already set up surveillance system across LGs in the state to abate further transmission of the illness.
According to him, the Ministry of Health has repositioned doses of antiviral agents for treatment of reported cases, adding that personal protective devices had been provided for healthcare providers at Iwere Ile and Iganna.
He, therefore, enjoined the general public to refer similar cases to nearest government hospitals for free and quality care, and also call the following numbers: 09058704101,08025245800 and 08073431342.