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No Lassa Fever in FCT – Director

By James Anaana:

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) said it has not yet recorded any case of Lassa fever in the territory. The FCT’s Director of Public Health, Dr Humphrey Okoroukwu made this known to journalist in Abuja last Friday. He dismissed the speculation on the reported case of Lassa fever in Asokoro General Hospital as “false”.
Okoroukwu explained that some samples of the suspected cases were taken to Irrua Laboratory in Edo State and the result was negative, while that of another suspected case admitted in one of the hospitals in FCT was being awaited. According to him, the FCTA has deployed its Health Promotion Education Team to sensitise residents in markets, motor parks, schools and streets on the causes and symptoms of Lassa fever for them to take proactive measures against the deadly disease.
He said that his department had begun Facility-Based Clinical Sensitisations in hospitals to educate medical personnel and other health workers about Lassa Fever which had been reported in some states across the federation. Okoroukwu noted that the sensitisation was because some doctors had died as a result of the disease outbreak in other states.
“We have been going from one hospital to the other to sensitise our medical professionals on how they can identify and handle suspected cases. “We have Disease Surveillance Structure in communities, wards and area councils, we have sensitised them and they are on red alert,” he said.
The director stressed that the proactive measures were necessary because of the territory’s proximity with Kogi and Nasarawa states where cases of Lassa fever had been reported. Okoroukwu assured the residents that the administration was doing everything possible to prevent Lassa fever outbreak in the FCT.

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