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Lassa Fever Outbreak: Osun Govt Allays Fear of Residents 

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By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Osun State Government has allayed the fears of residents of the state on the outbreak of Lassa fever in some parts of the country.
The state government said it has adopted proactive measures against the outbreak of the disease in the state.
The Special Adviser on Public Health to Governor Adegboyega Oyetola,  Dr. Olasiji Olamiju made this known in Osogbo, Osun State capital on Thursday.
Olamiju said since the outbreak of Lassa Fever in the country, especially the neighboring state (Ondo), it became important to put in necessary measures to curtail the spread of the viral infection to the state.
“The outbreak has caused panic in Ondo, with many residents in fear that the disease might spread from the northern part of the state, where it breaks out, to other parts, hence the need for this awareness campaign to sensitize our people to imbibe healthy practices.”
The Special Adviser who said residents should not panic assured them that all health institutions and workers had been placed on high alert against the spread of the virus while enlightenment campaigns had been intensified.
“Our Primary Healthcare centres’ indices of suspicion has been increased and thanks to our Governor, Dr Adegboyega Oyetola, he had revitalized 332 PHCs across the state, while we are sensitising our health workforce and building their capacity to know how to promptly handle diseases when they occur. Also, all secondary and tertiary health facilities are equally combat-ready to curtail the spread.”
He called on the people to remain alert, especially reporting of suspected outbreak and symptoms such as high fever, weakness, headaches, vomiting, and later bleedings from the mouth or other body orifices to the appropriate nearby health facilities.
He also warned them against poor display and disposal of food remnants as well as ensure hygienic kitchen and clean utensils.
“The disease had been spread by rats as a result of poor hygienic practices in the affected states and it is relevant for residents to pay more attention to personal hygiene and environmental sanitation,” he said.
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