The Lagos State Government, on Saturday, January 16, appealed to residents and guests of Nigeria’s largest metropolis to remain calm, while assuring them that it is doing everything possible to cut short the spread of the disease in the state.
The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, made this appeal at a press briefing addressed by him at the Alausa Secretariat, adding that 92 people have had direct and indirect contact with the index case. They are now under monitoring according to international requirements and standards.
Meanwhile, the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa has urged Lagosians to keep their surroundings clean and make sure they eat well cooked food. Obasa, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Musbau Rasak, appealed to Lagosians to remain calm, as the state has the essential medical institutions and equipment to combat the disease, and has put its health workers on alert to tackle it.
The Speaker urged doctors, nurses and other medical personnel to prepare themselves for the challenge of the disease, indicating that their swiftness in curbing it will assuage the fears of the people.
A 25 year old male undergraduate of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna state, who was reported to have fallen sick after returning to Lagos, was taken to Ahmmadiyyah Hospital, Ojokoro, on January 9with complaints of sore throat, fever, and difficulty in swallowing.
The patient was placed on admission for six days and was thereafter transferred by the private hospital to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) on January 14, as a result of the fact that the fever was persistent and his condition was not improving.
The patient was confirmed of Lassa fever on January 15 at LUTH, and is presently being treated, with reported positive health response.
Fifteen patients who were admitted along with the index case, as well as 25 health workers who attended to them, have been put on compulsory 21 days monitoring, while the phone numbers and addresses of the people in that category have been collected for tracking.