Friday, 31 January 2020

Lassa Fever: No cause for Pannick, We have Cross River is save — Betta Edu

The Cross River State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Betta Edu has said there's no cause for panic as the state is save with no recorded case of Lassa fever so far. 

Dr. Edu made this known during the monthly ministerial briefing initiated by the Cross River State Ministry of Information and Orientation yesterday in Calabar. Edu informed that all the samples sent to Abuja for screening came back negative meaning the suspected cases were not actually Lassa fever as such the state is free of Lassa fever as at the last test carried out. 

However, Dr. Edu said it is imperative that health workers maintain that high index rate of suspicion, stating that where a high index suspicion rate is not maintained, a lot of persons will be at risk. 

"We have had suspected cases in the past and all the samples sent to Abuja and Irua came back as negative. 
However, we want to encourage our health workers to continue to have that high index of suspicion because if we don't have that higher index of suspicion then we could put ourselves and Alot of other persons at risk." She said. 

She informed that after spending hours of meetings with her team, it was very clear and obvious that Cross River State is 100% ready to respond to any eventuality as emergency response centers have been set up with the team ready to swing into action. 

"The Cross River State government has setup emergency response team. Which will working from the emergency response centers. And I can assure you that Cross River State is 100% ready to respond to any eventuality in our dear state, we want to assure Cross Riverians that there's no cause for panic whatsoever. 

"The team is ready and all our drugs will be on ground by tomorrow where we will distribute to the stars centers where we will manage the cases. The isolation center is jointly managed with the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital. If there's any case of Lassa fever in CRS we will let you know as a state. There's no secret to it, We want our people to know so they can protect themselves." She said. 

Furthermore, the Honourable Commissioner for Health sensitized the public on how to avoid contacting the disease as well as signs and symptoms of the disease.