Edo Govt Rolls Out Plan to Contain Lassa Fever

Lassa fever spreads to Bauchi Ondo Edo 11 other states

Lassa fever spreads to Bauchi Ondo Edo 11 other states

Edo State government has approved a marshal plan to contain the Lassa fever scourge in the state and provide essential materials and equipment for health centres in the state to respond to the public health emergency.

Resolutions of the Senate, yesterday, were sequel to a motion by Senator Clifford Ordia (PDP, Edo Central), co- sponsored by Senator Lanre Tejuoso (APC, Ogun Central), entitled: "Urgent need to support the Centre for Research, Control and Treatment of Lassa Fever Disease in Nigeria".

Against this backdrop, the Senate, yesterday, mandated its Committees on Health (Secondary & Tertiary) and Primary Health Care and Communicable Diseases, to urgently carry out the probe.

It also urged the Ministry of Information and National Orientation to engage in the sensitisation and education of the public on the prevention, control and treatment of Lassa fever.

He said: "The institute is the only centre in Nigeria known for excellence in the management, control and treatment of Lassa fever in Nigeria".

"The centre also engages in the training of Health care workers, i.e. Doctors, Nurses and Laboratory Technologists on the management of Lassa fever in Nigeria".

The governor's directive came less than a week after an exclusive report by the Sunday PUNCH that the specialist hospital had only two dedicated dialysis machines to cater for the growing number of cases at the treatment centre.

Lawmakers resolved to make more funds available for the centre in the 2018 budget. Mr. Azinge, on behalf of the state government, has donated personal protective items to the Management of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Asaba as part of its collaborative efforts to address the spread of the disease and effectively curtail the spread.

In his remarks, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided, noted that health care should be one of the major responsibilities of government.

"We need to give this issue the attention it needs. We can not allow this to continue to spread".

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