With growing concern over the health status of our people due to the recent incidence of Lassa Fever also known as Lassa hemorrhagic fever, (LHF) recorded in neighboring States of Akwa Ibom, Enugu and Ebonyi states, it has become imperative for Cross Riverians to observe simple precautionary measures to keep safe and stay alive.
Lassa fever is an acute viral haemorrhagic illness which spreads to people via contact with the urine or faeces of an infected mouse (rats). Lassa fever can also be contacted through direct contact with a person or people infected with the virus.
Patients begin to show signs relative to malaria and tyfoid within (2-21 days) at different phases which includes:
1st phase:General Body weakness,Fatigue, high fever.
Headache,soar throat vomiting,Diarrhoea.
Face swelling ,low blood pressure,Nose,eyes,ear bleeding etc.
There is currently no vaccine that protects against Lassa fever. However
Symptoms can be treated depending on the patient’s clinical condition, hence the need to promptly report suspected cases to the nearest healthcare facility. Such an infected person will be isolated from other patients .
Early supportive care with rehydration and symptomatic treatment improves survival.
Thus the need for constant examination and observation of people around you and promptly report cases.
HOW TO PREVENT LASSA FEVER:
Observe personal hygiene by
-Ensuring you wash your hands always with soaps and ashes under running water
-Cover all foodstuffs and keep them away from rodents.
-Destroy all foods exposed to rodent attack.
-Block all holes in and within the house where rats and other rodents gain access through.
-Store food and foodstuffs in a covered container.
-Do not spread foodstuffs on the ground.
-Cook all foods properly before eating.
-Avoid personal contacts with infected persons.
-Dispose waste properly and avoid self medication
Health workers should be fully masked with protective vest and gloves to avoid direct contact with patients.
Do ensure that you visit any Health facility across the 18 Local government areas of the state.
We assure Cross Riverians of prompt response and quality service delivery in any suspected case.
For forward information and complaint please contact
Dr. Janet Ekpenyong
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