The Edo State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Patrick Okundia, has said the state has made modest development in the battle in opposition to the unfold of Lassa fever, noting that stringent measures have been taken by the country Governor Godwin Obaseki-led management to guide in opposition to the epidemic and different communicable diseases.
Speaking to journalists on the weekend, the commissioner disclosed that aside from equipping the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital for prognosis and prompt treatment, the nation government is vigorously combating the deadly disorder through extensive enlightenment programs.
Okundia, however, implored citizens of the kingdom to prioritize their personal hygiene and imbibe measures for effective preservation of their meals to defend in opposition to diseases.
In his words according to ThisDayLive;
“Lassa fever is a national issue, but as we are aware, the Edo State Governor, Obaseki, has over the years prioritised the health of the Edo people; investing so much in the sector to holistically revamp the state’s healthcare delivery system. The state in collaboration with the federal government has done a lot of interventions in supplies to the health centre of excellence in the state, which is the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital (ISTH). “The ISTH, though a federal government institution, got the sum of N100 million from the state government to assist it in the fight against Lassa fever. The state also procured life-saving equipment, ventilators and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), but beyond that, we have realised that the Lassa fever is a preventable communicable disease, hence our efforts at improving sensitisation and awareness have been geared up. “Unfortunately, we know that from January to May of every year, this disease will come because of the dry nature of the weather and the bad habits of bush burning. This drives out the rats from the bushed into our homes. This year, the state government had ensured we started the campaigns before the dry seasons but the challenge is with those who pretend not to heed the advice-who still do things their way despite warnings. But we are not relenting; we are winning the war through constant sensitisation and education.”