Kogi confirms first Lassa Fever patient

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Authorities at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Lokoja said they have discovered a suspected Lassa fever patient.

The Head of Clinical Services of Federal Medical Center Lokoja, Dr. Jones Taiwo, said the female patient was transferred to Irua General Hospital in Edo state where it was confirmed that she had the disease.

He, said tests conducted in Lokoja earlier showed the patient had Lassa fever but she was transferred to Irua for confirmation and a double check.

The Kogi Commissioner for Health, Dr Saka Audu, said earlier that the state government was trying to tracing all those who might have had contact with the patient.

Audu added that the state’s Rapid Response Team (RRT) was on top of the situation to curtail the spread of the disease.

“It is a sad incident but our RRT has commenced thorough contact tracing and monitoring.

“Community sensitisation and education are currently ongoing and by God’s grace, we hope to arrest the spread of the disease.

“We will continue to inform and educate the public as RRT works assiduously to contain further spread of the disease. We, therefore, appeal for cooperation and calm,” he said.

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