EMBRACE HYGIENE AND REPORT PERSONS WITH EARLY SIGNS/SYMPTOMS OF LASSA FEVER…..Dr Michael Nwoko.
By Ruki Edjeren
The need for the people to embrace hygiene and prompt reporting of individuals who presents with early symptoms as a way of life has been stressed as the only panacea to avoiding spread of the various deadly diseases now ravaging various parts of the globe particularly the LASSA FEVER disease which is an acute virus disease transmitted through contact with faeces or urine of the multimammate rat (Mastomys Natalensis). The call was made when the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Health Monitoring, Dr. Michael Nwoko answered questions on a Delta Broadcasting Service Asaba breakfast programme Morning Ride on 13th February, 2020. Dr. Nwoko stressed the need for people and communities to keep their surroundings clean and maintain standard good habits like washing their hands always and stop dirty habits like picking their nose adding that it is important for the people to be conscious of their environment and report individuals with early symptoms of LASSA FEVER such as elevated body temperature, vomiting, skin rashes etc to the nearest health care facilities. He advised that the bushes around their surroundings should always be cleared.
Dr. Nwoko who has has been sensitizing members of the public on the LASSA FEVER scourge, said he and the entire health monitoring team have held meetings with the Emergency Operation Committee (EOC) of the State Ministry of Health as well as stakeholders in the health sector in the State on strategy to effectively control and reduce the spread of LASSA FEVER to zero level in the. He informed that early detection is the best way of managing the disease adding that precaution must taken be to avoid being infected with the LASSA FEVER virus. On close observation of neighbors, he said any sign of any ailment around your neighborhood should be promptly reported to the nearest health centre. Dr. Nwoko provided contact numbers that members of the public can call to report such cases viz:
The SSA used the opportunity to thank the Governor of Delta State Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa for providing the enabling environment that has made it possible to put the outbreak of LASSA FEVER in the State under control.