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.