By Thompson Yamput
Dr Austin Ojotule, the Director of Disease Control in Kogi Ministry of Health, said the state has recorded six cases of Lassa fever.
He disclosed this while talking with newsmen in Lokoja on Friday.
Ojotule said, “As it is now, we are battling with six cases of Lassa fever in the state, but the situation is under control”.
“The good thing about it is that we have not recorded any death and we are treating the affected persons and preventing further spread of the disease.
“When there is an outbreak, samples are taken by Disease Surveillance Officers in the local government areas and sent the ministry for analyses to enable us to effectively and efficiently control the disease,’’ he explained.
He said each of the 21 local government areas of the state has primary healthcare facilities and enough personnel to handle cases of heat-related illnesses.
There are also tertiary health institutions in Lokoja and in Anyigba, and zonal hospitals in each of the three senatorial districts of the state that could conveniently treat diseases, he added.
According to him, the government had put machinery in place to deal with the outbreak of heat-related diseases such as meningitis, cholera, measles, diphtheria and Lassa fever among others.
“Beside Lassa fever there is no other disease outbreak. For now Kogi has no case of diphtheria, cholera, meningitis and measles, which are heat-related diseases,’’ he said.
He added that the ministry was on a vigorous sensitisation of the public on the need to watch out and to be conscious of their environment and to report any sign or symptoms of diseases to the nearest hospital promptly.
Ojotule advised residents to take their personal and environmental hygiene serious to avoid disease outbreak.