Lassa Fever? What Expert Says You Must Not Do
Lassa Fever is still killing people and there are some practices a Microbiologist said would put an individual in danger and risk of death.
Mr Chinenye Nwekpe is a Microbiologist based in Enugu and he wants Nigerians to avoid self-medication in the treatment of Lassa fever.
Nwekpe, who works with the Microbiology Department of the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Enugu, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday.
He said that self-medication was 'simply a product of guess work' which could not deliver effective treatment and cure.
According to him, self-medication is dangerous to health and has the ability to delay effective treatment of diseases.
He advised Nigerians to visit hospitals for laboratory diagnosis and treatment of whatever ailment they were suffering from.
“People should always go to hospitals or health centres for better diagnosis when they are sick or feel feverish before medications,” he said.
There have been reports of Lassa Fever in different Nigerian states and Mr Nwekpe stressed that early laboratory testing is needed for early confirmation.
Such steps are necessary because the symptoms of Lassa fever are not radically different from that of other infections.
Besides, the expert urged Nigerians to avoid storing their foods on the ground or along the road sides to prevent rodents from urinating or defecating on it.
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