Lagos Records First Case Of Lassa Fever In 2020


Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Akin Abayomi says the government has recorded its first case of Lassa fever in 2020.

In a statement on Wednesday, Abayomi said the patient is currently in isolation at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).

He however assured that the situation is under control and called on Lagos residents to be calm and not panic.

He added that the State government in active collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) is doing everything possible to control the spread of the disease in Lagos State.

“The Ministry of Health through Epidemiology, Biosecurity and Global Health Directorate is currently carrying out ‘contact tracing’ to determine those who may have been infected in line with international standards while we beef up our other surveillance strategies”, Abayomi said.

The Commissioner also advised members of the public to maintain personal hygiene and sanitize their environment to curb the spread of the disease.

“Members of the public are further advised to avoid contact with rats, to always cover their food and water properly, cook all their food thoroughly, as well as block all holes in the septic tanks and holes through which rats can enter the house and clear rat hideouts within the premises.

“Isolation wards have been prepared to manage suspected and confirmed cases, drugs, and other materials have also been prepositioned at designated facilities while health workers have been placed on red alert and community sensitisation activities intensified,” Abayomi said.

Lassa Fever has been reported in 2020 to be raging in over 27 states with over 470 cases confirmed and 70 deaths recorded across Nigeria.


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