Lassa fever national mortality rate drops in 2019

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CMD Irrua specialist Teaching Hospital (ISTH) Prof. Sylvanus Okogbenin

By Jessica Onyegbula

Prof. Sylvanus Okogbenin, the Chief Medical Director (CMD), Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital (ISTH), Edo, says Lassa fever mortality rate has reduced tremendously in the country.

Okogbenin told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Irrua, Edo, that the mortality rate had dropped to a single digit from the 14 per cent it was in 2018.

He said that the result was achieved in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), World Health Organisation (WHO) and other partners.

“You will understand that ISTH is renowned for the management, diagnosis and control of Lassa fever through the Institute of Lassa Fever Research and Control, which came into existence in 2007.

“Over the years, we have had this annual epidemic of Lassa fever but over the years, it has become better and better.

“This is demonstrated in the mortality rate of…



Source: News Agency of Nigeria