If you reside in Lagos, I know that feeling of fear you get when reading about Lassa fever with the hope that it would not spread to your territory; well it is here already.
Daily Post- There was palpable tension in Lagos on Friday as the state government confirmed two more cases of Lassa fever in the state, with one of the victims already dead.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, Friday said the index case was responding to treatment at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).
The second victim, he said, is a 36-year-old lady, an indigene of Kogi State, who was first discovered at Naval Reference Hospital, Ojo on January 18, before she was referred to Mainland Hospital the same day, and has since been receiving antiviral medication.
According to him, the third person died because his case was presented late.
He is said to be a 51-year-old resident of Ilasan Leki and indigene of Edo State.
He was initially admitted at Divine Medical Centre in Ikoyi on January 12, this year, but died at 2 pm the same day before the result of the laboratory test that confirmed him positive was received.
His corpse has been kept in the morgue in a leak proof body bag.
“The three confirmed cases are not related in terms of source of infections,” he stated.
The Commissioner said his ministry had requested for more Ribavirin injection and tablets, personal protective equipments (PPEs) and other items from the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), Abuja.
The Commissioner for Environment, Hon Samuel Adejare, said open defecation and dirty environment should be avoided in order to rid the environment of rodents.
He said: “Cultural change is expected at this point in time. People should learn to live more responsibly.
“The state, through the Ministry of Environment, will step up its game of environmental laws through the police and Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI) Brigade.”
At Hoxy we care about our readers, so we did some research on how to prevent Lassa Fever and here are the results.
Below are some simple steps you can start practicing today.
Keep Rats Out
Inspect the area around your house outdoors to check for potential entrance holes.
Block all rat entrance holes
Put food in rodent-proof containers.
Keep your house clean in order to deter rodents from infecting your environs.
For a cheap and green cleaning agent, use vinegar. You can watch how to use vinegar on our review video here.
Use traps or rat glue to catch rodents so as to reduce rodent populations.
Be Careful When Caring for Persons With Lassa Fever
Take precautions against contact with patient secretions.
Wear protective clothing, such as gloves, masks, gowns and goggles. If you cannot access the above mentioned items, then you can modify with polyethylene bags.
Isolate infected patients from contact with unprotected persons until the disease has run its course.
Educate others- Do not keep this post to yourself, share it with others. You would be safe if everyone is safe. Stick it on your car, post on DP, Instagram, Twitter, Whatsapp etc.
We wish you good health.
To read more about Lassa Fever, please visit http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs179/en/