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Lassa Fever: Akeredolu tasks LG chairmen on cleanliness

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Following the outbreak of Lassa Fever in some parts of the state, Ondo state governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has directed the caretaker Chairmen in Ondo North and Central Senatorial Districts to ensure the cleanliness of their areas in order to check the spread of the virus in the state.

The governor gave the directive yesterday in Akure, the Ondo state capital, during a meeting with all Local Government Chairmen in Ondo North and Central Senatorial District, and representatives of Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), on the spread of Lassa Fever in the state.

He explained that markets and environs in the local governments should be kept clean to ensure that an epidermic of the virus did not occur in the state.

The Governor also advised them to deploy cleaners to market places, while the residents were to wash their hands regularly to avert the spread.

Akeredolu also directed that, cases of persistent feverish conditions should be taken to the hospital, while the chairmen should embark on massive evacuation of dumping sites.

Earlier, Dr. Steven Fagbemi, the State Epidemiologist, said Ondo had recorded 84 cases of Lassa Fever since January till date.

According to Dr Fagbemi, 16 of the patients lost their lives as the cases had reached an advanced stage before they were brought to the hospital.

He revealed that 47 patients currently on admission were responding to treatment, while 21 persons were already treated and discharged.

Also, Dr. Yahaya Disu, representative of Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), explained that the Lassa Fever cases were recorded in Owo, Akoko South West, Akure South, and Ondo West Local Government Areas.

He said that waste management in local governments must be brought under better control, and called for availability of transportation for sensitization of grassroots.

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