Dr Babatunde Ipaye, the Commissioner for Health in Ogun State, has declared the state free of Lassa fever following a recent expression of fear at a patient showing signs of the fever. The commissioner made this known in a statement he issued in Abeokuta on yesterday.
He said that the government immediately swung into action to make sure that the patient, who complained of symptoms related to the fever was treated accordingly.
“Being a proactive government, we don’t want to take chances, so we monitored with series of test carried out on the victim. We have activated our disease surveillance and notification structures with a view to detecting any case on time as well as deploying appropriate measures to prevent and control the spread of the disease,” he said.
He, however, assured that the patient had been certified free according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines, hence the state was declared free of lassa fever.