By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Another case of Lassa fever has been reported at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital, Osogbo on Thursday.
It was gathered that a woman, whose name was not ascertained, reported herself at the hospital.
Confirming the case, the Osun Commissioner for Health, Dr. Rafiu Isamotu disclosed that the patient had been sent back to Federal Medical Center, Owo, Ondo state for proper treatment.
It would be recalled that two cases had been recorded at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, (OAUTHC) Ile-Ife.
Addressing a press conference in Osogbo on Thursday, the Commissioner disclosed that first annual World Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) Day was being celebrated to wage war against NTDs.
According to Isamotu, “NTDs are a diverse group of communicable diseases that prevail in tropical subtropical conditions in 149 countries, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
“These affect more than 1.5 billion of the world’s most impoverished people and cost developing economies billions of dollars every year.
“The World NTD Day will broaden the conversation beyond the traditional global health community, engaging the general public in the effort to ensure people risk for NTDs no longer remain “neglected.
“Recently updated information based on a State wide Epidemiological mapping carried out in the State of Osun 2014, 27 LGAs anchocerciasis Schistosomiasis and Lymphatic Filariasis(LF) 28 LGAS endemic for Onchocerciasis (intestinal worms) while the all 30 LGAs were found to be endemic for Soil transmitted helminths.
The commissioner pledged the government re-commitment to redouble its effort in creating awareness for its citizens and enlightening the public on these health-related issues.
According to him “we need to examine our way of life. It is not enough to consume medicine alone; we need to do a lot of social engineering.”