LASSA FEVER: Red Cross sensitizes Traditional rulers in Edo


The Edo State Branch of the Nigerian Red Cross Society has sensitized traditional rulers in Ekpoma, Esan West Local Government Area of the state on the dangers of Lassa fever.

A statement by the Branch Secretary of Red Cross, Wilson Ekhomogiazin, stated that the Branch Disaster Management Adviser, Mr.  Michael Odiahi who led the team of volunteers to the Palace o​​f His Royal Highness, Zaiki Anthony Abumere II, the Enojie of Ekpoma described Lassa fever as a fast rising virus with cases recorded all year round said it is transmitted by rodents in an unclean environment.

The statement stressed that keeping good hygiene and clean environment are measures to curb the spread of the Lassa Fever and charged the traditional rulers, their families and people on living a safe lifestyle.

According to the statement, “Lassa fever is largely transmitted through contact with items or surfaces contaminated with urine, faeces, saliva or blood of infected rats. It can also be transmitted from person-to-person through contact with blood, urine, faeces and other body fluids of an infected person. To minimize the risk of infection, members of the public are advised to ensure their environment is always kept clean to avoid contact with rodents.

“Healthcare workers including Red Cross members and volunteers should maintain a high index of suspicion as Lassa fever can present with fever just like malaria and other illnesses. It is very important that health care workers maintain standard care precautions when managing patients.

“Early symptoms are fever, headache, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, sore throat etc. It is in very severe cases that the patient bleeds from body openings. If a patient does not respond to treatment for malaria or other febrile illnesses after 48 hours, it is important to test immediately for Lassa Fever”, the statement added.