Thursday, 21 January 2016

Lassa Fever Epidemics: Red Cross Charges Anambra State Government to Establish Diagnostic Center


By Okechukwu Onuegbu

The Vice Chairman, Nigerian Red Cross Society, Anambra State Branch, Prof. Peter Katchy has urged the state government to establish a diagnostic centre to tackle Lassa Fever Disease (LFD).

Katchy made the call on Wednesday at a sensitisation, preparedness and response programme for lassa fever disease in Awka.

He suggested that the equipment to be procured by the government should be installed at the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital, Awka to make diagnosis nearer the people.

The Professor further expressed concern that only one diagnostic centre exist at Urua in Edo to serve the country, describing the situation as regrettable.

“At times these epidemics occur to expose the repugnant attitudes of our leaders in providing modern facilities in the health industry,” he said.

Katchy however quoted officials from the state ministry of health confirming that there was no case of LFD reported in the state.

On the prevention of LFD, Katchy posited that best means of controlling it were by depopulation of rodents at homes using rodenticides, proper personal and home hygiene, avoidance of exposure of food items, even as he noted that its symptoms include fever, vomiting of blood, stomach ache, cough, chest pain, nausea, diarrhea, dysphagia, pharyngitis, meningitis, unilateral or bilateral hearing deficit, among others.  reports that the Nigerian Red Cross Society organised the sensitisation exercise for stakeholders and collaborating partners to ensure that adequate measures as well as coordinated plans were on ground to prevent spreading in furtherance of its plan to stage similar awareness exercise across 21 local government areas and 177 communities of the state.



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