Following the outbreak of Lassa fever in Ebonyi State, the Cross River State government has advised its citizens not to panic, saying the state has not had any case of Lassa fever, adding that it has activated the Emergency Response Team comprising the State Epidemiologist, State Disease Surveillance Notification Officer and Patrol Health Personnel who are looking out for the basic signs and symptoms and will refer to the nearest Primary Health Centre in the 18 Local Government Area as part of measures put in place to ensure that no case of the disease in the state.
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Betta Edu disclosed this to newsmen during a “Ministerial Press Briefing Update” in Calabar, the state capital.
In an enlightenment campaign on the disease, Betta Edu stated that the State has not had any case of Lassa Fever. She went ahead to educate the people on how to avoid the disease, it’s symptoms and general health tips on healthy living.
Edu applauded the efforts of the Cross River State Governor, Sir Ben Ayade in ensuring that Cross River State is free from Lassa fever scourge or any other infectious disease that may want to threaten the health and well-being of residents of the State.
The Commissioner assured residents of the State of government’s readiness and commitment to a Lassa free State, adding that the various health authorities are fully prepared as they have been taught severally what symptoms to look out for such as coughing, vomiting and bleeding which occur at the advanced stage.
Betta Edu reiterated that Lassa fever is a viral disease which does not have cure but is self limiting, hence the importance placed on prevention through proper personal hygiene and sanitation.