Edo State releases N100m for Lassa fever equipment

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The Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki says N100 million would be released by the government for the procurement of equipment to fight Lassa fever.

Obaseki said the fund would be used to purchase four dialysis machines, ventilators, personal protective equipment, drugs and other consumables required for the treatment of Lassa fever patients.

This was contained in a press statement made available to newsmen.

According to the statement the governor’s order followed report of the rising number of patients brought from across the country to the Institute of Lassa fever Research and Control, Irrua.

The institute is the only specialist facility for the treatment of the disease in Nigeria and the West Africa sub-region.

Obaseki directed the state Commissioner for Health, Dr David Osifo, to deliver the equipment within 24 hours and make them available for use at the hospital.

He also tasked Osagie and the Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Mr Paul Ohonbamu, to intensify Lassa fever awareness campaign across the state.

Edo state has reactivated its Rapid Response Team and commenced contact tracing for confirmed cases of the disease, as part of its proactive measures to curtail the spread of the disease in the region.

The state government is also working closely with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for case management and disease surveillance.

Some parts of the local government areas in Edo Central and Edo North senatorial districts are affected by the outbreak of Lassa fever.

L.Nasir