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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

NCDC: Don't Panic Over Raising Cases Of Lassa Fever In The Country

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control ( NCDC ) has warned that Nigerians need not panic over the increase in Lassa fever patients across the country because it has initiated measures in response to the disease in the country.

The Chief Executive Officer, NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu made this statement in Abuja on Wednesday.
Ihekweazu said that NCDC had been providing support to states, including emergency supplies and deployment of Rapid Response Teams (RRT).

Ihekweazu, went on to advice members of the public to focus on prevention by practising good personal hygiene and proper environmental sanitation.

”Take effective measures by storing grain and other foodstuffs in rodent-proof containers, disposing of garbage far from the home, maintaining clean households, and other measures to discourage rodents from entering homes.

”Hand washing should be practised frequently. The public is also advised to avoid bush burning.
”Health care workers are again reminded that Lassa fever presents initially like any other disease-causing febrile illness such as malaria.

”Healthcare providers are advised to practise standard precautions at all times, and to maintain a high index of suspicion.”

Ihekweazu advised that Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) must be applied to all suspected cases of malaria.

”When the RDT is negative, other causes of febrile illness including Lassa fever should be considered. Accurate diagnosis and prompt treatment increases the chances of survival.

”The national guidelines for Infection Prevention and Control, as well as Lassa fever case management have been developed, disseminated to states and are available on the NCDC website for download,’’ he said

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