Lassa fever: Death toll rises as victims flee to Ondo

Lassa fever: Death toll rises as victims flee to Ondo


The Ondo State Government has decried the increased death toll of Lassa fever cases in the state because victims from the neighbouring states run to the state for free treatment.

Confirming this, the state Epidemiologist, Dr Stephen Fagbemi, said that the disease has killed no fewer than 20 people in the state.

The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Wahab Adegbenro,  said,  “We are having the high figure; because Ondo State is the only state that the treatment of Lassa fever is free of charge. I think we are having people coming from other areas for free treatment.”


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This came as the  Rivers State Government confirmed; that two more persons had lost their lives to Lassa fever.

In the meantime, the  Federal Government has moved to prevent Lassa fever  disease from spreading in the country; by  activating the National Emergency Operations Centre in eight states and the Federal Capital Territory.

The Bayelsa State Government said it had recorded a suspected case of Lassa fever; while the Cross River State Commissioner for Health, Dr Betta Edu,  announced  there  was  no case of  the disease  in the state.

Meanwhile, the  Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, said  at a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday; that  Nigeria was contributing to research for the development of Lassa fever vaccine; to proffer a lasting solution to the disease.

Ehanire however said Lassa fever was preventable and could be treated.

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