LUTH Calls For Calm After Lassa Fever Deaths

By John Andah

Two people may have died in Lagos as a result of Lassa fever, but the management of Lagos State Teaching Hospital (LUTH) has urged residents of the state not to panic.

Chief Medical Director of LUTH Chris Bode gave the advice after the hospital confirmed the death of a 32-year-old pregnant woman who died after a stillbirth.

He said the disease is being contained by all stakeholder while calling on residents to ensure they prevent their food items from being contaminated.

“Do not spread your food outside in the open; put food items in rat proof containers so that rats will not get access to the food,” he said.

“To all doctors, nurses and health workers who assist patients, we should have a heightened sense of awareness that few cases of Lassa fever have been noticed.

“If you see anybody with symptoms that will suggest Lassa fever, let us refer them promptly because this disease can be treated.”

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