The Federal Government has urged Nigerians to disregard online messages in the social media announcing suspected Lassa fever cases in the Asokoro District Hospital, Abuja.
Recall that the Plateau State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Kunden Deyin recently reported 28 new cases of Lassa fever and 10 fatalities. There are indications that but most of the affected persons are now responding to treatment
The Chief Executive Officer, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, in a statement said that contrary to the message being circulated, no death has been recorded from Lassa fever in the FCT recently.
He said that the disease normally first appears like malaria, but the chances of survival could be high when reported early.“All cases of fever must be tested for malaria using appropriate diagnostic tools like the rapid diagnostic kit.
“If the result is negative and other common causes of fever are ruled out, healthcare workers are advised to suspect Lassa fever,” Dr. Ihekweazu advised.
He urged FCT residents to stay alert, watch out for any emergent cases and report immediately to a health facility when Lassa fever symptoms are observed. He also advised Nigerians to report any information on Lassa fever via NCDC toll-free line: 0800 9700 0010, or via whatsApp: +234708 711 0839.