Animals are still on rampage and humans need to just do the needful to keep them away.

After rodents chased President Muhammadu Buhari, out of his office last year, more and more stories of a rat-related fever outbreak have continued to be in the news.

Again its consistency highlights the need for the government to prioritise fumigation of streets and homes in states where outbreaks have been reported.

In Abia State is another case with us.

A female resident doctor has died and at least 30 persons with different risk levels are under surveillance following the outbreak of Lassa fever.

She was with the Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia, the capital city.


At a joint press conference of the medical center and the Abia State Ministry of Health and the Hospital Management, the Chief Medical Director, FMC Umuahia, Dr Chuku Abali, said the management of the hospital had commenced contact tracing and prophylaxis in high risk of those who had contact with the index case as immediate steps to contain the disease.

"Before her death, along the course of her illness, she was admitted at the Federal Medical Centre Umuahia, during which a few of the staff came in contact with her in the course of her management," Abali told reporters.

The Chief Medical Director also highlighted that the hospital had equally constituted relevant committees to review and strengthen the protocol for handling this emergency. 

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Chief Medical Director, FMC Umuahia, Dr Chuku Abali, addressing reporters

"We assure the general public that adequate measures have been put in place to contain the outbreak. The general public are advised to keep their surroundings clean, ensure that rats don't have access to their foods and to report to the nearest health facility whenever they develop fever," he said.

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Dr Abali further told healthcare providers to maintain a high index of suspicion and always observe universal safety precautions while attending to their patients.

On his part, the commissioner for health Dr John Ahukana, said the state government was stepping up awareness for proper hygiene.

Keeping the environment clean is the duty of everyone, both those in governance and the governed.

Enactment and implementation of policies that will help reduce accumulation of waste around homes will force the rat that infects humans with Lassa Fever to stay far away from homes, environmentalists have stressed.