Minister of Health Prof. Isaac Adewole yesterday announced the escape of a Lassa fever patient from hospital in Ebonyi State.
The patient, whose identity was not made public, escaped from the health facility, where he was receiving treatment.The minister said he received a text that a Lassa fever patient escaped from a health facility in Ebonyi while undergoing treatment.
He urged the relevant agency and state government to trace the patient and those who might have had contact with him.
On the current situation of Lassa in the country ,he also confirmed 212 suspected cases of Lassa Fever in 64 Local government areas across 17 states in the country..He said
It has affected 64 local governments across the country and we have been able to pick 212 suspected cases. It dates back from August last year, not just this year. It is better to over-count suspected cases than to under-count. “The real hot spots are Niger, Bauchi, Taraba, Kano, Edo, Nasarawa, Plateau and Rivers, but for us to be honest with ourselves, all states should consider themselves at risk and please, put up measures to contain, prevent and reassure the community that we are on top of the situation,”