Thursday, 4 February 2016

The Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Dr.
Babatunde Ipaye, on Thursday said the state had
recorded the first case of Lassa fever.
Ipaye said this during a press conference held at
Oke Mosan in Abeokuta, thestate capital.
He identified the index case in the state as a 28-
year-old lady, “discovered on Wednesday
February 3 at 8:10pm.”
Ipaye said the victim had travelled to Ebonyi for a
burial and returned to Ogun on January 15, and
later started manifesting the symptoms of the viral
disease.
He said, “The victim had accessed  treatment at
Ruby Medical Centre, Ota. She was said to have
been moved another hospital, Central Specialist
Hospital, Ota. It was the management of the
Central Specialist Hospital that called the state
Ministry of Health.”
“We moved in immediately and took her in. We
have shut the two health facilities for
decontamination.”
Ipaye said the victim had been transferred to the
Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital,
one of the isolation centres for the disease.
He added, “The confirmatory test was done and
the result came in last night.  We started
emergency procedures immediately and she has
been moved to the isolation centre in Sagamu.
“She has been given the drug, rivavirim and still
under observation. She has had fever and other
symptoms but have not started bleeding.
“She has passed  through two private hospitals,
which have now been shut for decontamination.”
Ipaye also said 60 persons who had contact with
the victim in the two health facilities including three
members of her family were under watch.
He said the first 35 contacts were health workers
in the first hospital,  22 in the second one and
three others were family members of the victim.
He said, “These 60 people have been placed under
surveillance, but I want to appeal to the residents
not to panic. They must be vigilant and maintain
good hygiene in their homes.”
Ipaye commended the management of the Central
Specialist Hospital for its patriotism in contacting
the government and saving the state from the
scourge of Lassa fever.
The state government had on Tuesday January 26,
raised the alarm on 19 suspected cases of the
Lassa fever who had contact with the first index
case in Ahmadiyyah Hospital, Ijaiye in Ojokoro
Local Government Area of Lagos but live in Ogun
State.
Ipaye, however, said all the 19 persons have been
declared free of the disease, “because they did not
manifest the symptoms of the disease, not even of
malaria fever.”

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