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Ogun declares 396 persons free, safe from Lassa Fever

By Ahmed Sobiye, Abeokuta

Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye has stated that all the 396 people who had primary and secondary contacts with a victim of Lassa Fever have been declared free according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) standards.

The victim was an Assistant Chief Nursing Officer of Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Idi- Aba in Abeokuta.

Addressing newsmen in Abeokuta, Ipaye added that 19 others who had close contacts to another new suspected lassa fever case came out negative lassa fever screen test.

The Commissioner who made this known to Journalists in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, said during the process of monitoring the 396 contacts another suspected case was recorded with about 50 contacts traced to the victim,

He noted that that the blood samples of the 19 primary contacts out of the 50 contacts to the victim have been tested and all came out to be negative.
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According to him the suspected victim who later died at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan can not be counted for Ogun State,

However, he said the remaining 39 secondary contacts have been placed under close monitoring with one thermometer and health officer attached to each of them to monitor their temperature.

He explained that none of the contacts have shown abnormal temperature since they began monitoring, and that the medical officers attached to each of the contacts would continue to monitor them until the specified period in line with the World Health Organisation (WHO) standard was exceeded before they could be medically adjudged to be free of the disease.

He expressed the hope that the 39 contacts to new suspected case would soon be declared free, including the 19 close contacts that had tested negative.

He urged members of the public not to panic, assuring that the State government is handling the issue effectively.

He stressed the need for the people to cultivate high level of hygiene, keep food items away from rats and get rid of all kind of rat in and around their environment.

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