Edo Confirms 38 Lassa Fever Cases in Etsako-West, 24 in Esan-West

Posted on: Thu 26-01-2023

Confirms one new death, fatality rises to 10EDO State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Obehi Akoria, yesterday, said Etsako West, Esan West and Esan North East were the most affected councils by Lassa fever in the state, urging for the collaboration of residents to contain the pandemic across all communities in the state.

Addressing journalists in Benin City, the commissioner said the government had continued to step up surveillance and response activities to curb the spread of the disease and ensure the health and well-being of residents in the state.

Obehi said the state had confirmed one more death from the disease in Esan West Council, raising the total number of fatalities to 10.

She said Edo State has recorded 97 confirmed cases of the disease, adding that the three most affected cases account for 75 per cent of confirmed cases in the state.

The commissioner said while Etsako West recorded 38 cases of the 97 confirmed cases in the state, Esan West recorded 24, and Esan North East, 19.

Others are Esan Central, three; Esan South East, two; Etsako East, two; Owan East, two; Akoko Edo, two; Ovia North East, two; Oredo, two and Etsako Central, one.

She said the total fatalities recorded in the state were confirmed in Etsako West (four); Esan West (two); Esan NE (2); Etsako East (one) and Oredo (one).

Reiterating government’s commitment to ensuring the health and safety of residents, the health commissioner urged residents to comply with all health protocols to contain the spread of the disease.

Akoria said: “While the government is implementing a number of measures to prevent the spread of the disease in the state, we urge everyone to support government’s efforts in curbing the spread of Lassa fever by complying with guidelines to stay healthy and safe.

“Wash your hands frequently with soap and water; avoid contact with rat urine or feces; avoid consuming contaminated food or water and seek medical attention immediately if you experience any symptoms of Lassa fever, such as fever, headache, muscle pain, and weakness.”