Edo State Commissioner for Health Commissioner, Prof. Akoria Obehi, has disclosed that the state has recorded the death of a person from Lassa fever.
Prof. Akoria who said this to journalists on Sunday said the death was recorded at the weekend in the endemic communities.
According to her, the government has stepped up measures to contain the disease, adding that it is collaborating with traditional and religious leaders to stop Lassa Fever transmission and ensure a safe and healthy environment.
She, however, emphasised the need for residents to complement the government’s efforts by maintaining good environmental hygiene and sanitation habits in the handling and preparation of food.
“Edo State, at the weekend, confirmed a new death from Lassa fever, which restates the need for residents to be more conscious of their environments, as part of efforts to check the spread of the fever in the state.
“As a government, we are committed to protecting and ensuring the health of our citizens and have continued to rev up efforts in the fight against Lassa fever in the state”.
“We are proposing a safe burial team to ensure people who die from diseases such as Lassa fever and COVID-19 are given a safe burial to prevent the reinfection of others,” she said..
While stressing that the ministry is adequately prepared and equipped to handle reported cases, she advised residents who experience symptoms such as severe headache, vomiting and high fever, among others to quickly rush to the nearest health care centre to report.