Panic As Ondo Records Highest Number Of Lassa Fever Cases
Ondo State has broken records and has taken over as the state with the highest number of infected cases of Lassa fever in Nigeria.
This shocking revelation by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC has literally thrown the state into confusion, as residents begin to be suspicious of every ailment within their environment as Lassa fever.
"Presently you dare not sneeze in the public or even in your office, people will move away from you and tag you a carrier of Lassa fever virus. That is the trending thing for now," said Ojo Akinyemi, a Civil servant.
According to a resident, Mrs Adebusola Ige, two students were diagnosed of Lassa fever in one of the state government schools where her daughter attends.
"Since it was leaked that two students contracted the disease in my daughter's school, there has been panic among the parents and those who could not stand the risk have started withdrawing their children," she added.
A health officer in one of the state hospitals claimed that hardly will there be a week without a case of Lassa fever in their hospital.
"The rate of infection is alarming, and it grows by the day.
"In the last three months, hardly will there be a week without admitting a patient with the case. Even we the medical personnel are scared of contracting the disease, but we have to do our job.
"We are just trying to be careful."
According to NCDC report, about 22 cases of Lassa fever have been reported in Ondo state between January and February 2019 which appears to have made the state the headquarter of the deadly disease.
In a reaction to the development, the state commissioner for information, Yemi Olowolabi who allayed the fear of the residents, claimed that the state government had set up a committee on eradication of the disease.
According to him, the committee was asked to begin "operation flush out Lassa fever" from the state within the shortest possible time.
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