The dreadful outbreak of Lassa fever in Ebonyi state has called for general ideas and cooperation to control the spread of the disease which had cost many lives in Nigeria and other African countries like Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.
The disease had reportedly killed two resident doctors serving at the Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakiliki (FETHA) in Ebonyi State, recently.
To this regard, the Programme Coordinator, Wise Administration of Terrestrial Environment and Resources (WATER), Mr. Bassey Ating, has advised that the hand-washing system should be introduced in schools, homes, and offices across Nigeria, as the Federal Government did in 2014, during Ebola outbreak.
According to him; “Raising awareness on hand-washing at this critical time will bring about the needed behavioural change; it will also enhance healthy living among children in particular.
Hand-washing is the simplest and the most cost-effective method of preventing the most common infections that cause mortality, especially in children who are vulnerable to sicknesses which are preventable.”
The disease had been affecting about 300,000, persons in West Africa with approximately 5,000 deaths record every year.
A Medical Laboratory Scientist with the National Orthopaedic Hospital in Enugu, Mr. Chinenye Nwekpe, has also advised parents to ensure they keep their environment clean at all times to help control the spread of diseases.
Mr Nwekpe urged Enugu resident to carry out environmental sanitation every week and avoid coming in contact with blood and body fluid of animals. He further advised that Hand-washing would go a long way in controlling the disease.
However, on the outbreak of the disease in Ebonyi, the state Governor David Umahi has advised residents to minimize the rate of handshake, to calm the panic in the region.