By Raphael Izokpu
Nigeria Center for Disease Control NCDC and Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital (ISTH) has begun a nationwide training for the management of Lassa Fever in the country.
Speaking during a media briefing jointly addressed by the CEO of NCDC, Dr. Chikwe lhekweazu, and the Chief Medical director, ISTH, Prof. Sylvanus Okogbenin, recently, in Abuja, the duo explained that the training was aimed at building the capacity of frontline clinical, laboratory and public health workers on case management, laboratory diagnosis, prevention and control of Lassa fever.”
On his part, the Chief Medical Director of ISTH, Prof. Sylvanus Okogbenin, said that one of the study that had been carried out at the hospital is to match the peak of each epidemic over the last 10 years with the various climate perimeter with the metrological agencies and see whether climate change can also be part of it.
According to Prof. Okogbenin, “we must be able to find out why they are occurring and be able to treat at that point and we must also be able to build up enough human capacity to look after them.
On the equipment needed by the health workers in handling Lassa fever cases, the CMD said, “all the equipment needed in the management of Lassa fever cases like the hardware for diagnoses and the machine needed for the treatment of the patient are readily available at the specialist”.