Kogi State has recorded a fresh outbreak of Lassa fever as a medical doctor working with the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Lokoja has been confirmed to be a victim of the disease.
A medical doctor in Kogi State has tested positive to the dreaded Lassa fever.
Dr Olatunde Alabi, the Medical Director of FMC, who briefed newsmen on Saturday in Lokoja, said that the male doctor was diagnosed of the disease on Jan. 19.
He said that the victim’s blood sample was sent to the Federal Medical Centre, Irrua, Edo State for laboratory analysis, adding that it tested positive.
Alabi said that the 30-year-old doctor has been transferred on Saturday to Irrua, Kogi for further treatment.
According to the medical director, the World Health Organisation (WHO), the state Ministry of Health and other stakeholders have been informed of the development and are already giving necessary asistance to the centre.
He also went further to say that everyone that has had contact with the ailing doctor, both at the work place and at home, have been placed under close monitoring.
Alabi said that the centre in partnership with relevant stakeholders had commenced contact tracing to enable it trace the source of the disease and ascertain if there was any other victim within the community where the doctor resides.
He said that the Centre would also embark on health education for its members of staff to prevent human to human transmission of the disease.
He however urged members of the public to endeavour to report cases of fever early to the nearest health facility for early treatment. As this ill prevent the disease from being spread further uncontrollably.
He also appealed to residents of Kogi states and its neighboring states to take urgent steps to eliminate rats in their houses and surroundings, saying that foodstuff like garri, rice, beans, maize should be kept in air tight containers to prevent contamination by rats.
It would be recalled that the centre in 2017 handled three cases of Lassa fever, two of the victims died, while one survived.
Rats are the major carriers of the Lassa fever disease.