Ekiti moves to curtail inflow of lassa fever

Ekiti State Government is taking proactive steps to ensure that the  fresh outbreak of Lassa Fever  which reportedly claimed the live of a  medical doctor in Asaba,  Delta State does not spread to the State
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr Olurotimi Ojo who made this known in Ado-Ekiti  during a meeting with stakeholders in the Health sector said the Emergency Outbreak Centre (EOC) constituted in  the state in the wake of the national outbreak of the hemorrhagic  fever in January  has been reactivated and placed on high alert in view of the recent development
According to Ojo , the state government organized the forum with stakeholders to harmonize plans on how to improve surveillance,  infection and prevention and control at the various health facilities in the state
He said efforts were in top gear to also improve environmental sanitation and embark on massive public sensitization  across the state  on the need for people  to embrace healthy practices and  rid their environment of rats and other vectors of deadly disease
He  disclosed that six subcommittees that include case management, contact tracing , social mobilization, Infection Control,  laboratory – evacuation -decontamination and logistics have been set up  to prevent and effectively tackle any  suspected case of the disease in the state noting that treatment and  isolation centres has been set up at the Federal Teaching Hospital Ido and the Oba Adejugbe General Hospital, Ado-Ekiti  for isolation and treatment of suspected and confirmed cases of the disease.
The Commissioner commended stakeholders in the health sector in the   state  for their collaborative efforts with the present administration in the state and for effectively managing the  one confirmed case of the the disease  in the state last January  , adding that all 53 people who had contact with patient  were traced and placed on surveillance while two  family members who had close contact with the patient were quarantined for the mandatory 21 days  .

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