One of the 100 people placed on surveillance by the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba over suspicion of being infected with Lassa fever has tested positive to the virus.
This development is following the three medical doctors who initially tested positive in the same tertiary hospital, were discharged after treatment.
Confirming the news, LUTH’s Chairman Medical Advisory Committee, Prof. Femi Fasan, said the new case of Lassa fever that had been identified was from among the 100 people placed on surveillance following their contacts with index case or the secondary contacts.
“The two remaining medical doctors were discharged on Tuesday night but one new case of Lassa fever has been identified and will be admitted,” he said.
This development has however led to apprehension among members of the public who insist that the government is not doing enough to sensitize the public on the outbreak.
According to Olayinka Peters, “the government has refused to take necessary steps in educating people in the rural communities on the effect of the deadly disease and how to prevent it.
“At this point, the government should have adopted a more robust approach that will involve the use of media and necessary stakeholders to educate people on what to do when cases of Lassa fever are noticed around their neighbourhood.”
Another Mainland resident who preferred anonymity said “we have to raise an awareness campaign about the virus with health workers, government and people involved. It is important that the government lead the course for a cleaner and hygienic environment for residents to truly understand how to prevent the outbreak.”