The Plateau State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Kuden Deyin on Tuesday has confirmed another case of Lassa fever in the state. Deyin who made the confirmation in Jos, said the patient who was brought-in from Garkawa in Mikang Local Government Area was displaying symptoms of Lassa fever. “After blood sample was taken from the patient, the result came out positive and the patient is currently responding to treatment at the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH).
He said that the state has now recorded four cases “and three out of the four patients are responding to treatment at the Jos University Teaching Hospital while one patient died,’’ he said.
The commissioner advised the public to ensure that they maintain a very good personal hygiene and clean their environment. “Food stuffs should be kept in rodent-proof containers and people should also desist from drying their food stuffs on the highway, as they never can tell when rats will defecate or urinate on them.
Health workers should be on the alert while private medical practitioners are advised not to keep patients who manifest symptoms of Lassa fever for long. Rather such patients should be referred to tertiary health institutions for prompt medical attention as time was of the essence in treating Lassa fever,’’ the commissioner said.
Earlier, on July 8, students from a Federal Government Girls College, were rushed from the school clinic to the Jos University Teaching Hospital and it was observed that they were displaying symptoms of Lassa fever.Their blood samples were taken to Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) were it was discovered that three out of the four samples were positive.