Panic in Ogun as Lassa Fever kills one, another hospitalised in Oyo

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Sodiq Ojuroungbe

There is panic and anxiety among the residents of Ogun state over a fresh Lassa Fever outbreak that hit the state.

PLATFORM TIMES gathered that one person has been diagnosed by the Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba for Lassa Fever.

PLATFORM TIMES further gathered that another person was diagnosed of the disease at the Benin University Teaching Hospital .

Findings revealed that while a 26-year-old woman, Titilayo Akinsola on Saturday lost her life to the disease in Ogun, another person whose name could not be ascertained has also been hospitalized in Eruwa in Oyo state which is a place closer to Abeokuta .

Further findings revealed that the other person with the disease was brought from Benin teaching hospital to a neighbouring community, Eruwa in Oyo state.

PLATFORM TIMES however gathered that the people of the state are still in a state of anxiety because Eruwa is closer to the state and nobody could ascertain if more victims ofb disease are still in the state.

Confirming the death of Akinsola, the Director of Public Relations in the hospital, Segun Orisajo said Akinsola died on Saturday after failed attempts by the medical team of the hospital to safe her life.

Orisajo said, “Yes she (Akinsola) was rushed to the hospital four days ago and series of tests confirmed that she had Lassa fever.

“Our medical team did everything possible to save her life but unfortunately she died.”

Orisajo however, assured members of the public not to panic.

He insisted that that the hospital in conjunction with the state government was doing it’s best to prevent further spread of the disease

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His words, “The hospital management is in touch with the Ministry of Health to work together to put everything in check, no cause for alarm.”

Meanwhile, residents of the state have started expressing fear over the fresh Lassa fever outbreak in the state.

Some of them who spoke with PLATFORM TIMES lamented that nobody in the state is safe.

They appealed to the government to find lasting solution to it before the spread of the disease.

A resident, Razak Balogun said there is a need for the state government to procure necessary equipment before the spread of the diseases.

Balogun said, “We are all in a state of anxiety, the government need to do something about it.

“There is a need for them to ensure that there is enough equipment on ground to counter the outbreak.”

Another resident, Rafiat Aroyeun added, “Lassa Fever outbreak in the state is not a good news.

“There is fear in the mind of the people and I think there is need for the government to live up to their responsibilities by ensuring that they find a solution to it. “

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