By: David Fidelis
As part of its plan to step up measures to combat Lassa Fever in Nigeria , the Federal Government alongside its other agencies like Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has expressed readiness to establish a Lassa diagnosis laboratory in the Federal Medical Centre, FMC, Owo..
The National Coordinator of Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, stated this today during a working visit to FMC Owo to monitor the successes recorded in the fight against the endemic disease.
He declared that there are only five confirmed and four suspected cases, stressing that the number changes every week.
He noted that the state has the second largest burden of Lassa in the country, second to Edo State with 91 confirmed cases and 23 deaths when the outbreak occurred initially.
Responding, the Acting Chief Medical Director of FMC Owo, Dr. Ahmed Adeagbo Liasu, said the unavailability of a diagnosis laboratory has been one of the major challenges of the centre against treatment of Lassa fever in the state.
Dr. Adeagbo thank the Federal government for the gesture recounting the straits experienced by the hospital management whenever they are taking samples and specimen for test at Irrua Specialist Hospital in Edo State.