The Lagos State government yesterday announced that it had placed Ahmadiyyah Hospital,Ojokoro under surveillance following its contact with the Lassa fever index case.
In effect, the hospital has been barred from service delivery until further notice, according to Health Commissioner, Jide Idris.
Besides, government is closely monitoring the 15 in-patients and 25 health workers in the facility believed to have had contact with the Lassa fever patient.
The monitoring will last 21 days.
“Contacts tracing is ongoing; and currently we have 92 contacts and all are being followed-up,” Commissioner Idris said in a statement in which he also assured residents of the state that there was no cause for alarm.
His words: “In the wake of reported cases of Lassa fever in some States of Nigeria, the Lagos State Government has confirmed the occurrence of the first case of Lassa fever in the State.
“The patient, a 25 year old, male, undergraduate of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State was reported to have fallen ill after he arrived Lagos and was taken to Ahmadiyyah Hospital, Ojokoro on the 9th of January, 2016 with complaint of fever, sore throats and difficulty in swallowing.
“He was subsequently placed on admission for six days and was thereafter referred by the private hospital to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) on the 14th of January, 2016 because the fever was persistent and his condition was not improving.
“He was confirmed as a case of Lassa fever on the 15th of January, 2016 at LUTH.
“The patient is presently being managed at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) and his condition is stable.
“Ahmadiyyah Hospital where the first case of the disease in Lagos was reported is now under surveillance and there will be no service delivery in the facility until further notice.
“The fifteen (15) in-patients as well as 25 health workers in the facility are being monitored for the next 21 days. Contacts tracing is ongoing; and currently we have 92 contacts and all are being followed-up.”
Source: The Nation Nigeria