By Yekini Jimoh in Lokoja
Indications emerged at the weekend that a case of Lassa fever had been confirmed at Angwan Kura in Lokoja, Kogi State when a patient visited Federal Medical Centre Lokoja for medical check up.
THISDAY gathered that the confirmation was made after a male patient who is a resident of Angwan Kura, Lokoja reported at the medical centre with signs and symptoms suggestive of haemorrhagic fever.
The state epidemiologists immediately responded by sending the patient’s blood sample to the designated laboratory at the Federal Specialist Hospital Irrua, Edo State for analysis, which came back positive.
The patient was eventually transferred to the Federal Specialist Hospital in Irrua for optimal care.
Confirming the story, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Saka Haruna Audu, said state Rapid Response Team was summoned and provisions were made for the source/contact tracing and prophylactic treatment for medical personnel who had contact with the patient before his transfer.
“All these have been concluded as all those who have had contact with the patient are currently being closely monitored.
“It is important to note that it was discovered that the patient had travelled to Ilorin, Kwara State where he had stayed for two weeks. He only developed symptoms of haemorrhagic fever two days after his return. We are therefore uncertain whether he contracted the virus there or here in Lokoja,” he stated.
He stressed that all hands are on deck to prevent further spread of the disease as jingles and other means of public enlightenment are currently ongoing in the state.