Lassa Fever: Lagos distributes 6,750 PPEs to health workers


Kazeem Ugbodaga

Following the outbreak of Lassa fever in Lagos, the state government has distributed 6,750 Personal Protective Equipment, PPEs, to all government hospitals in the state to protect health workers from the deadly disease.
Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris disclosed this at the weekend, saying that government is ready to tackle the new challenge posed by the disease.
Idris said the Mainland Hospital and all other General Hospitals had been placed on the alert and that the Anti-viral drugs for the management of cases were available, while ambulances had been dedicated to respond to referral and transportation of cases.
“Airing of jingles on Lassa fever on electronic media is underway. Also, there is the distribution of factsheets on Lassa fever to the Medical Directors of LASUTH and 26 General Hospitals in Lagos State, Medical Officers of Health in all the 57 LGAs/LCDAs, all other agencies of the Ministry and AGPMPN for circulation to all health workers in their facilities.
“There is also the reactivation of isolation wards in LASUTH and 26 General Hospitals in Lagos State for isolation of any suspected case as well as the prepositioning of PPEs in all 26 General Hospitals for use by health workers with 6,750 PPEs reserved at Mainland Hospital, Yaba.
“The Disease Surveillance and Notification Officers (DSNOs) in all the LGAs in the state have been sensitized on Lassa fever to enhance early detection and prompt reporting of cases. Creation of awareness on Lassa fever by the health educators in the 57 LGAs/LCDAs is ongoing. Sensitisation on Lassa fever of Iyaloja General of Nigeria and market leaders of all the 57 LGAs/LCDAs in Lagos by the State Health Educator is also ongoing,” he said.
Idris added that the state government is collaborating with the Federal Ministry of Health, Virology Reference Laboratory, College of Medicine, University of …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper