Lassa fever: Anambra campaigns to contain outbreak


Anambra state government has taken its campaign to Obosi near Onitsha in its effort to contain the spread of Lassa fever, which had hit the neighbouring states of Benue, Enugu and Delta.

Mrs Ify Obinabo, Special Adviser to the governor on Public Orientation and Special Duties made a statement on Tuesday calling on people to avoid contact and consumption of rats as bush meat.

Obinabo urged the women, who were the main attendants at the gathering to always cover their foodstuff and kitchen utensils to avoid contact with rats.

She reminded them that rats, the primary carrier of Lassa fever virus, could find their way into their homes when they resorted to uncontrolled bush burning.

Further reports state that Anambra confirmed its first case of Lassa fever outbreak on January 30, making it of the many states to have recorded cases of the virus in Nigeria.

The other states are Ondo, Edo, Ebonyi, Kano, Borno, Nasarawa, Kogi, Rivers, Abia, Adamawa, Jigawa, Kaduna, Taraba, Plateau, Bauchi, Osun and Ogun.

According to the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the disease has so far claimed 41 lives in the recent outbreak.

The special adviser, who sensitised them on Coronavirus and other infectious diseases, charged them to observe regular hand washing and maintain high level of food and environmental hygiene.

Obinabo, who urged them to pass the message to all members of their household, said they should desist from self-medication and should rather visit the nearest hospital to them when they feel sick.

She listed General Hospital, Onitsha, General Hospital, Umuleri and Ministry of Health as designated places for the control of the two diseases.

The Coordinator of the group, Mrs Tina Onwuachu commended Obinabo for the health and awareness campaign.

Suzan O