Residents of Ondo state have been thrown into a pandemonium due to an outbreak of Lassa fever in one of its communities. In fact, the disease is said to have killed about 50 people already, throwing many residents into a panic mood.
Reports from the Federal Medical center in Owo states that efforts to contain the spread of the disease by the state government have proven futile so far. while speaking to newsmen, one of the workers at the hospital explained that the situation has gotten out of control and the facility can no longer contain the number those who had fallen ill as a result of the outbreak.
She further stated that one of the patients left the facility under, mysterious conditions and that poses more threats to other residents in the community.
She said, “What we currently facing, is quite beyond what anyone would ever imagine. Almost all the patients in the isolation ward are those that have contracted Lassa fever and most of the reported cases are from the border communities within Ose Local Government area of the state.
It’s quite sad how the state government is not even attending to the situation. Citizens are dying from preventable disease, but the government is not showing any concern at all.”
Reports from The Nation revealed that the commissioner of Health in Ondo state, Dr. Wahab Adegbenro, emphasized that all stakeholders will have to contribute towards fighting the disease because the state government may have the capability to tackle it by itself. He equally explained that the cost of treating a Lassa Fever patient is about 2 million naira. And that implies that the cost will be too much for the state to singlehandedly handle since the number keeps increasing.