lassa fever

A Lassa fever case has been recorded in Rivers State, south-south Nigeria, the state ministry of health has confirmed.

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Commissioner for Health, Dr Theophilus Odagme, disclosed to newsmen in Port Harcourt on Wednesday that the patient has been managed, fully recovered and discharged.

Odagme further told reporters that the ministry was collaborating with the World Health Organisation (WHO) to ensure effective decontamination.

He also remarked that the ministry is working with the private hospital and family of patient in carrying out the decontamination

“Right now, we pray it does not pose further threat to the state.

“Indeed, we had a patient in a private hospital in the state. The patient was diagnosed and expertly managed and has been discharged.

“The primary and secondary contacts are being followed and the other processes of decontamination are all on,” he said.

“We are following up with all the contacts. We are also ready if there are eventualities with the contacts, we will move them to the special centre in Emohua local government,” he said.

The commissioner  advised residents of the state  not to panic because the government , according to him, was on top of the situation.