In a bid to curtail and manage the spread of Lassa Fever in Edo State, the State Government has donated 200 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital.
Commissioner for Health, Dr. Patrick Okundia, who presented the items, reassured the commitment of the Governor Obaseki-led administration in combating the scourge, arrest the spread of Lassa fever and protect caregivers from infection.
Commending the institute for its cooperation, the medical expert described the Irrua Specialist Hospital as a center of excellence in managing the outbreak of Lassa fever in the country.
Okundia advised the public to stick to hygienic practices and report all cases of febrile illness that are not responding to common treatment to the nearest standard health facility.
Prof. Sylvanus Okogbeni, Chief Medical Director of Irrua Specialist Hospital, who received the donated equipment on behalf of the hospital management, expressed appreciation to Governor Obaseki for the immediate response and a keen interest in fighting the scourge.
Recall that the state government had on Tuesday disclosed plans to intensify efforts geared towards curbing the spread of Lassa fever in the state.
In a statement, Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, said the state government has a robust response system that is activated when cases of Lassa Fever are reported, noting that the government has over the years invested in the strengthening of hospitals to manage the viral disease.
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