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Nigerian Red Cross Society, Edo State Branch Carried out sensitization on Lassa Fever outbreak in Worship Centers

Nigerian Red Cross Society, Edo State Branch Carried out sensitization on Lassa Fever outbreak in Worship Centers

11 Feb, 2020

In response to the increasing number of Lassa fever cases in Edo State, the Nigerian Red Cross Society, Edo State Branch carried out sensitization activities in religious places.

The Branch Secretary Mr. Wilson Ekhomogiazin, addressed the Masses, saying Red Cross is committed to and supports activities of all other stakeholders engaged in the Lassa Fever intervention to reduce the spread of the disease in the State and Country. 

"Lassa fever is endemic in some parts Nigeria and cases are recorded all year round. The Lassa fever virus is transmitted by rodents which can be found in our environment. This contributes largely to the risk of spread that occurs in Nigeria and other countries with similar ecological factors. " said the Branch Secretary

The Branch Secretary further explained that "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 similar symptoms as malaria and other illnesses. It is very important that healthcare workers maintain standard care precautions when managing patients. 

Early symptoms are fever, headache, diarrhea, 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 Branch Health Coordinator Mrs. Efe Iyamu Iyabo, said it is important for members of the public to practice good hygiene and environmental sanitation as part of measures to protect themselves and their families.