[AW News] Why we can’t fight Lassa fever like Ebola –Minister

[AW News] Why we can’t fight Lassa fever like Ebola –Minister

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Health Minister, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has given reasons the Federal Government cannot deploy same method it used to fight and won the battle against Ebola virus in the battle against Lassa fever. The minister said while Ebola was imported into the country through only one person, Lassa fever is endemic in the country; hence the approach to the two diseases cannot be the same.
Adewole said this to State House correspondents inside the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
“We cannot win the battle against Lassa fever the same way we won the one against Ebola. Ebola happened to be a single importation to the country. Lassa fever is endemic in Nigeria.  In 2012, we had upsurge in 26 states. So, it is there but, I can assure you that with what we have put in place this year, we will sign it off.”
The minister said current cases of the fever could not be said to be resurgence because the country had been having outbreaks with the highest of 1,700 cases recorded in 2012.  Adewole said what has happened was that for the first time in the history of the country, the government was now being transparent and open on the cases.
Meanwhile, in the South-West, Osun recorded its first Lassa fever casualty, following a report by the management of the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital (OAUTH) yesterday.
According to the report, a laboratory test had confirmed that the deadly rat-infected virus disease caused the reported death of a resident doctor on Monday at the hospital. The chairman of a committee set up by the OAUTH on Lassa fever, Prof. Adedeji Onayade, disclosed this while speaking to newsmen in Osogbo yesterday. According to him, the result of the first test carried out on the deceased tested positive to the highly contagious disease.

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