Dr. Wahab Adegbenro, Commissioner for Health in Ondo State has confirmed the death of five people following the outbreak of Lassa fever in the State.
The Commissioner confirmed this in a phone chat with the Sahara Reporters in Akure on Wednesday night.
He disclosed that the cases and death of the victims were recorded in five Local Government Areas of the State.
He mentioned the Local Governments affected as Akure South, Akure North, Owo, Ose, and Akoko Southwest Areas of the State
Again, he disclosed that twenty-five other cases are in a critical condition and the state government had upgraded its medical facility in all the states hospitals to cope with the outbreak.
Adegbenro said “As at now, five persons have been declared dead while twenty-five others are in a critical condition as a result of the outbreak.
“The government through the Ministry of Health has been very responsive since the outbreak of the disease in the state.
“And there is a process put in place by the ministry to contain the spread of the disease to other parts of the state.”
He further disclosed that the State government in order to avoid the spread of the Lassa fever to other areas of the state, has begun to sensitize the public.
The Chief Medical Director of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Owo, Lisau Ahmed, confirmed the outbreak of the epidemic but declined speaking with newsmen.
“Please, I can’t speak further on this but you can contact the state government in the Ministry of Health for the details.”
Miss Anuoluwa Adetola, a serving nurse confirmed that a family of four in Oka Akoko were among those affected by the disease.
She disclosed that other victims who are in critical conditions have been referred to Irrua Specialists Hospital in Edo State for treatment.