Saturday, 6 February 2016

The Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Dr.
Babatunde Ipaye, has said the number of the
primary contacts with the first index case of Lassa
fever in the state, a 28- year- old lady, has
increased from 60 to 110, and they have all been
placed under watch.
He said this on Saturday at the Olabisi Onabanjo
University Teaching Hospital Sagamu, when he
went to check on the victim of the viral disease
kept in an isolation centre in the hospital.
He said the Ministry of Health had tracked 50 more
of the former patients who were on admission
“before and after the victim was brought into the
two private hospitals” for treatment.
Ipaye while addressing journalists on Thursday on
the first reported index case of Lassa Fever in the
state, said the 28-year-old lady travelled to Ebonyi
for a burial programme and returned to Ogun State
on January 15, when she started manifesting the
symptoms of the disease.
He said she had been taken to two private
hospitals in Ota, Ruby Medical Centre and Central
Specialist Hospital, both in Ado Odo/Otal Local
Government Area of the state.
Ipaye added that it was the management of the
Central Specialist Hospital that called the state
Ministry of Health on Wednesday night, and
reported that the victim was manifesting symptoms
of Lassa fever.
He said the ministry swung into action
immediately, carried out confirmatory tests on her
and she was later moved to the isolation centre at
the OOUTH, Sagamu
However, Ipaye said the victim was responding to
treatment at the centre.
He said, “The increase in number of those under
surveillance was due to the fact that those that
have been on admission before and after the lady
in question was brought into the two private
hospitals have also been tracked down and put
under surveillance.
“All the 110 persons have been given a
thermometer each to monitor the level of their
temperature with one Surveillance Officer attached
to each of them.”
The 60 persons earlier put under watch were made
up of health workers of the two private hospitals,
and family members of the victim.
Ipaye said 35 were from the first hospital, 22 from
the second one and three family members of the
victim.
While appreciating the two private hospitals
involved, the commissioner said the hospitals had
been decontaminated by the state health workers
and would be reopened  as soon as possible.
He added that the government regretted any
indirect inconveniences that the closure might
have caused them.
Also confirming the state of health of the victim, the
Senior Registrar, Internal Medicine Department,
OOUTH, Dr Olaitan Abimbola, directly attached to
the lady, said she was brought in with a confirmed
case of Lassa Fever with temperature of 39. 8
degree centigrade.
She said when the required drugs were
administered on her, the temperature had reduced
to 38. 4 degree centigrade.
She said the persistence abdominal pain,
restlessness, and breathlessness suffered by the
victim, had gone down drastically, adding that she
could now eat and drink with no sign of vomiting,
diarrhea and no discharge from any parts of her
body.
She said, “The victim has since been placed on
Revavirin and other drugs and will be monitored
until she has completed the 10 doses.
“Now that she is perfectly responding to treatment
and no more abdominal pain, dizziness and any
other complication, after she will be handed over
to the Surveillance Officer for further necessary
action.”
The Director of Public Health in the Ministry of
Health, Dr. Yusuf Quudus, said the 110 persons
under surveillance would be watched closely
between 6-21 days incubation period before they
would be released to their family members.

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