By Anazia Matthew, Asaba
Separate outbreaks of Lassa fever and Monkey Pox have created panic among the residents of Delta State.
Already, a 75-year-old woman has been confirmed dead from the one of the incidents in the state.
The Commissioner for Health, Mordi Onoye and the Chairman Delta State Primary Healthcare, Dr. Isioma Okogba, however said that there was no cause for alarm and urged members of the public not to panic.
They said that the victim, who took ill and went to the General Hospital, Umuolu, Ndokwa East Local Government Area on August 18, 2018 was referred to the Central Hospital, Kwale, Ndokwa West Lcoal Government Area the next day, and was further referred to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Asaba
“At the FMC, Asaba, the victim’s blood sample was taken to Irrua Specialist Hospital, Edo State for test but died before the hospital in Irrua received the lab result which was confirmed positive to the Lassa virus.”
The state government therefore advised the residents not to panic, as the Ministry of Health officials were tracing those who had contact with the victim.
“Findings indicate that it is over 21 days since the victim presented at the hospital in Umuolu and Kwale and no case has been discovered, however, contact tracing is ongoing at FMC, Asaba,” the officials said.
They said that two health officials who treated the victim developed illness and the sample of their blood test taken to Irrua for confirmation while they are under surveillance.
Okogba, who explained on the Monkey Pox case, said that a man came from Rivers State and stopped over at his family house in Warri to see his parents before travelling to London where he was diagnosed of the disease.
He said: “We have case of Monkey Pox, though not really in Delta, the man came from Rivers and stopped over in his family house in Warri before travelling to London where he was confirmed having a Monkey Pox case. But we have made a contact with his family in Warri and Rivers State where he came from, adding that “all of them are in good shape, so no panic.”
Lassa fever is a viral haemorrhagic fever caused by the urine and faeces of a species of rats when they get in contact with food, water and human wounds with their faeces and urine. Infected persons spread the disease when their body fluids such as blood, faeces, urine, sperm and vomit come in contact with others.