By Jerry Onwuma
Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Delta state on Health Monitoring, Dr. Michael Nwoko has said the recent outbreak of Lassa Fever in the State is under control.
Dr. Nwoko disclosed this on Monday in an interview shortly after a working visit of the Delta State Health Monitoring team to the Emergency Operations Center of the Delta State Ministry of Health to ascertain the status of the state in the Lassa Fever outbreak.
The SSA said verified and confirmed reports had it that only fourteen cases of Lassa Fever and one death had been recorded in the state, contrary to speculations that two corps members infected with the virus had died.
He further stated that the Emergency Operation Committee for Lassa Fever in the state had constituted a surveillance team currently moving from house to house to monitor people with elevated body temperature in order to identify suspected cases of Lassa Fever for immediate action.
Dr Nwoko said there were also standby ambulances to move individuals with high suspicion index to the Lassa Fever Center at the Irrua Specialist Hospital for immediate isolation and management, adding that the recently commissioned isolation center for hemorrhagic conditions at the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba, built by the Delta State Government, was also in use.
The SSA stated that the Okowa administration was working hard to ensure that the health indices of the State remained the best in the country.
The Health Monitoring team, which also included Dr. Patrick Onwuachi and Dr. Kingsley Amaihunwa, commended the Emergency Operation Committee for its efforts and thanked Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for his support for the State Ministry of Health in tackling health challenges in the state.