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The Nigeria Medical Association in Ogun state has assured it’s readiness in the fight against the outbreak of Monkeypox and Lassa fever.
The Ogun State Chairman of NMA, Dr. Oladayo Ogunlaja, urged the state government to encourage health workers with good incentives.
Ogunlaja who spoke exclusively with PLATFORM TIMES on Monday, said, necessary measures have been put in place to sensitize residents of the state on how to prevent pandemics.
“On our part, as doctors, we are ever ready. And this is not the first time we will be having epidemics. We have been sensitizing our people about the resurgence and they are aware.
“We have been working with the other stakeholders and the government to increase the awareness among the public. So, that all the preventive measures can be done” Ogunlaja said.
The NMA chairman lamented non-availability of laboratories for testing monkeypox and laboratory in the state
“We need laboratories for the identification and diagnosis. It is the duty of the state government to provide the laboratories and it is our duty to be around for the care.
“We are not to provide this things. It is the duty of the government to provide and we let them know how to set it up so that we can start screening possible cases. Because the earlier we screen and detect the better for the patient and even for the community.
“For lassa fever, we take samples to UCH Ibadan as we don’t have a dedicated laboratory in Ogun state for now.All we have are tertiary and isolation center in Ogun state and they are still available for use in the treatment of these epidermis.
“Treating patients with either Lassa or monkeypox is not an issue. We have the Federal Medical Center in the state likewise teaching hospitals.
“I believe the government will be doing everything humanly possible to prevent an outbreak.”
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