Connect with us

Coronavirus

Lassa Fever kills 144 in Nigeria

Published

Lassa fever Kogi

The death toll from the latest round of Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria has risen to 144, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said, on Thursday, with a Case Fatality Rate (CFR), of 16.8 per cent.

The NCDC said this is lower than the CFR for the same period in 2019 23.3 per cent, which highlights improved levels of detection and case management for Lassa fever across the country.

Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director General of NCDC, while giving an update on the disease, told NAN that in week 10, the number of new confirmed cases decreased from 85 cases in week nine, 2020 to 81 cases.

He said that these were reported from 15 States, Edo, Ondo, Ebonyi, Bauchi, Taraba, Plateau, Benue, Kogi, Anambra, Delta, Enugu, Adamawa, Kaduna, Sokoto and Kebbi.

The NCDC DG said that in total for 2020, 27 states have recorded at least one confirmed case across 119 Local Government Areas.

MORE READING!  Umahi is lifting Ebonyi people out of poverty — Commissioner

According to him, of all confirmed cases, 74 per cent are from Edo 34 per cent, Ondo 33 per cent and Ebonyi seven per cent.

Ihekweazu noted the number of suspected cases had significantly increased compared to that reported for the same period in 2019.

He further stated that NCDC had rapidly scaled up its preparedness and response for Lassa fever outbreak across the country.

The NCDC DG noted that in the last eight months, health workers from the major treatment centres have been trained, risk communications had increased and logistics had also improved to ensure the continuous supply of medical and laboratory commodities.

He disclosed that two new Health Care Workers were affected in Edo and Bauchi states in the reporting week 10, NCDC had also provided infection prevention control guidance for all health workers in the country.

MORE READING!  Mob accuse innocent security guard of stealing phone, beat him to death, find phone

The NCDC stressed that Lassa fever was an acute viral haemorrhagic illness of two to 21 days duration that occurs.

According to him, the Lassa virus is transmitted to humans via contact with food or household items contaminated with rodent urine or faeces.

The NCDC boss noted that person-to-person transmission through contact with body fluids such as semen, urine and blood could also occur, particularly in hospitals lacking adequate infection prevention and control measures.

Ihekweazu, however, stated that early supportive care with rehydration and symptomatic treatment improves survival.

He reiterated that NCDC would continue to support affected states through the deployment of inter-disciplinary Rapid Response Teams and provision of medical supplies including Rivabrin for treatment of Lassa fever patients.

MORE READING!  COVID-19: Correctional Service releases over 454 inmates in Anambra

The NCDC boss again called on Nigerians to continue to keep their environments clean and store food in tight containers to avoid contact with rats.

He, however, remembered health workers to maintain a high index of suspicion for the disease.

“If a patient does not respond to treatment for malaria or other febrile illnesses after 48 hours, it is important to immediately test for Lassa fever,” he said

Prof. Wasiu Adeyemo, Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, Lagos, says the Lassa fever index patient has been discharged from the isolation ward.

Adeyemo said that the index patient had fully recovered from the disease.

Meanwhile, Lagos State Government says it will begin eight weeks extermination of rats and fumigation of 27 Model Colleges with hostel facilities, abattoirs/slaughterhouses, produce and regular markets against Lassa fever.

(NAN)

General

Covid-19: Lagos discharges 87 patients

Published

on

Covid-19: Lagos discharges 87 patients

The Lagos State government has announced the discharge of Eighty-Seven (87) Coronavirus patients.

This was disclosed by the Lagos State Ministry of Health via its official Twitter page.

It said: “87 patients; 40 females,47 males, all Nigerians have been discharged from our isolation facilities to reunite with their families”.

Lagos Said 26 patients were discharged from Mainland Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba, and 24 from Onikan.

MORE READING!  Benue Boy, 12, escapes from family he was trafficked to in Anambra 

“87 #COVID19Lagos patients; 40 females and 47 males, all Nigerians have been discharged from our Isolation facilities to reunite with the society

“The patients; 26 from Mainland Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba, 24 from Onikan, 12 from Eti-Osa (LandMark),11 from Agidingbi, 9 from Gbagada and 5 LUTH Isolation Centres were discharged having fully recovered & tested negative to #COVID19.”

MORE READING!  India: Sholay Aur Toofan actor, Kiran Kumar, tests positive for Coronavirus

With this, the number of patients successfully managed and discharged now 825.

 

Continue Reading

Coronavirus

Covid-19: New Zealand discharges last patient from the hospital

Published

on

Covid-19: New Zealand discharges last patient from the hospital

According to the latest report, New Zealand has discharged the last case of coronavirus in the country and recorded no new case for five days consecutively, the ministry of health officials announced on Wednesday.

The report revealed that the last coronavirus patient to be discharged in New Zealand was being treated at Middlemore Hospital in Auckland.

During a press briefing on Wednesday, officials shared the hopeful statistics. The total number of recovered cases is now at 1,462, and there are just 21 remaining active cases of COVID-19.

MORE READING!  New Telegraph Saturday Editor, Waheed Bakare, is dead

The country has conducted a total of 267,435 coronavirus tests and contact tracers are working to monitor the remaining cases through the NZ COVID Tracer app.

New Zealand also launched another app on Wednesday, which will provide health care professionals with access to information on the updated case definition, on local clinical pathways, and on guidance around the use of personal protective equipment.

MORE READING!  Man snatches car at gunpoint in Ebonyi, gets nabbed in Adamawa

New Zealand borders have slowly been opened, which has been “so important for us to keep the infection out of the country,” public health official Dr Ashley Bloomfield said during the press conference. Bloomfield also credited proper hygiene such as hand washing.

In late April, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that New Zealand had “won” the battle against widespread community transmission of the virus.

MORE READING!  COVID-19: NANNM orders JUTH nurses to stay at home over negligence

Ardern said that to fully “succeed” in the fight against the coronavirus, the country must “hunt down” the remaining cases of the virus.

“There is no widespread, undetected community transmission in New Zealand. We have won that battle,” said Ardern. “But we must remain vigilant if we are to keep it that way.”

Continue Reading

News

Covid-19: Cases in Oyo firm, iSON Xperiences, rise to 151

Published

on

The Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force has confirmed two more COVID-19 cases from iSON Xperiences and one case each from Ibadan South West and Egbeda Local Government Areas of the state.

Governor Seyi Makinde, who made the disclosure via his verified Twitter handle, on Tuesday, said the total number of confirmed cases in Oyo State had risen to 244.

MORE READING!  Russian drug Favipiravir that eliminates Covid-19 in four days reaches final stage

The number of cases from iSON Xperiences is 151.

The governor wrote,

“The COVID-19 confirmation tests for four suspected cases came back positive. Two are from iSON Xperiences and one case each from Ibadan South West and Egbeda local government council areas.

“The total number of confirmed cases in Oyo State is 244.

“Please call the Emergency Operations Centre if you have any COVID-19 symptoms such as cough, fever, tiredness, body ache and shortness of breath.”

Continue Reading




Trending