By Ahmed Shobiye, Abeokuta


Ogun State Government has confirmed a case of Lassa fever in the state.

Ogun records first Lassa fever case, shuts two hospitals

By Ahmed Shobiye, Abeokuta


Ogun State Government has confirmed a case of Lassa fever in the state.


The state government identified the victim as a 28 year old girl whom it stated is an indigene of the state having tested positive to the dreaded virus that causes Lassa fever.


The girl whose identity is kept in confidence, just returned from Ebonyi state, South East of Nigeria, and has also been taken to the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), Sagamu, for an intensive care.


And the two hospitals where the girl was first hospitalized, have been shut down by the Ogun state government.


The State Commissioner for Health, Babatunde Ipaye, made this known in a press briefing on Thursday at the Oke – Mosan Governor’s Office, Abeokuta, the state capital.


According to Ipaye,  sixty primary contacts from the hospitals where the girl was earlier admitted, have also  been placed on surveillance for the 21 days incubation period.


He, however, assured visitors and residents that the Lassa fever case discovered is being addressed effectively by the state government.


Ipaye said: “I want to confirmed that the first lassa fever casualty has been recorded in the state. The case is from a 28 years old girl,an indigene of Ogun state. She travelled to Ebonyi state on 8 January,2016 to attend a burial ceremony. We don’t know what killed the person.


“She returned back to the state on 15, Jan. Few days after her returned,she started having fever. She reported at Rubi hospital,Ota on 25 January,2016.


“Her case was managed there for some days till 2 February before she was transfered to Central hospital,Ota. Immediately,she got to the hospital,they called us to report to us because the symptom revealed the disease.


“Without wasting much time,we swung into action and we took her blood sample and sent to LUTH,Lagos. The first result came in around 5:10pm yesterday and the second result came in around8pm. I spoke directly with Prof. Adelabu myself,the medical Director there and he confirmed it to me and immediately,we started diagnosis.


“We contacted the OOUTH team and she has been moved to the isolation unit of Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital,OOUTH, Sagamu and aggressively managed.


“I spoke with the Lagos state Health Commissioner, he was already on his way out of the country, he linked me up with the Permanent Secretary, who urgently sent 10 ribavirine anti viral drug to commence treatment.


“She has passed through two different hospitals, we have admission into the hospitals and have ordered the closure of the two hospitals. We will decontaminate them before opening to avoid contamination.”


The Commissioner noted that the first 19 cases earlier reported had completed the incubation period with all of them declared Lassa fever-free and therefore, discharged.


“All case providers have been sensitized and trained on how to identify Lassa victim. Lassa protocol have been printed in languages; Yoruba, English and Egun.

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