Health workers in Kogi State have been asked to always observe safety precautions when attending to patients.

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) issued the advice in Kogi on Sunday.

Giving the advice on behalf of the union, the Chairman of the NMA Dr. Godwin Tijani, urged the public to always store food items, especially grains, garri and powdered food in air-tight containers.

According to him, the call has become necessary following Saturday’s reports of a medical doctor with the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Lokoja, who was diagnosed with Lassa fever.

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“The general public should endeavour to quickly report any case of high grade fever not responding to antimalarial treatment to the nearest hospital, so that quick diagnosis and treatment can be instituted.

“Early presentation has a good prognosis,” he said.

The medical doctor, who described Lassa fever as a zoonotic disease spread by rats, stressed that personal hygiene or any measure taken to get rid of rats would help contain the disease.

“Its symptoms include high grade fever, joints and general body pains, malaise, bleeding from body orifices and renal failure.

The NMA chairman, therefore, urged government at all levels and other stakeholders to take the welfare of their health seriously.

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He said it was regrettable that health workers were made to risk their lives without encouraging remuneration.

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