Dr Jide Idris, the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, on
Wednesday confirmed the death of a 27-year-old Lassa
Fever patient in one of the General Hospitals in the state.
Idris, in a statement issued in Lagos, said, “The case was
confirmed as Lassa fever on Jan. 26.’’
According to him, a 27-year-old lady travelled to Edo on
Dec. 24, 2015 and returned to Lagos on Jan. 2.
”She became ill on Jan. 14, and received care in one private
hospital and three churches before she was referred on Jan.
23 to Ijede General Hospital with fever, vomiting,
diarrhoea and body weakness.
”The patient died within a few hours of admission.
remains of the patient have been kept in the morgue in
leak-proof body bag. She is to be buried after due
consultation with her family.
”Ninety people have been line-listed as contacts of the last
confirmed case as at Jan. 26 and contact tracing is
ongoing,’’ the commissioner said.
He said that Lagos had recorded 20 suspected cases of Lassa
fever as at Jan. 26 since its outbreak in Nigeria in
Idris said in the statement that of the 20 suspected cases, 14
tested negative, four were confirmed positive of Lassa fever
while results of two suspected cases were still pending.
He said that one case was confirmed on Jan.15, two cases
on Jan.18, while another case was confirmed on Jan. 26.
The commissioner said that the ministry had line-listed 537
contacts of the confirmed cases, adding that 534 (99 per
cent) of the contacts were currently being monitored.
He, however, urged residents to observe basic
environmental sanitation, including proper disposal of
refuse, personal hygiene, adequate nutrition while avoiding
open defecation and spitting.
The commissioner urged the public to report suspected
cases to the nearest public health facility or notify the
ministry through the available lines.