3 persons are diagnosed with Lassa Fever daily – Expert

3 persons are diagnosed with Lassa Fever daily – Expert

Prof Oyewale Tomori, the Chairman, Lassa Fever Eradication Committee, a task force set up by the federal government to control and prevent the spread of Lass Fever, has said that an average of three persons are diagnosed with the acute hermorrhagic fever every day in Nigeria.

Read also: (Lassa fever: Lagosians to exchange dead rats for money)

Prof. Tomori made this known at a symposium in Lagos where he said human life has no value in the country.
His word, “We have little value for life, until more than 100 people die, it is not an emergency. For many years, Lassa has been with us but we don’t take it serious.

“In other parts of the world, when a single person dies of a disease, it is a national emergency. For how long are we going to continue to call tragedy an embarrassment? He explained that the breakdown in disease surveillance did not make the country notice that Lassa has consistently brought sorrow, pains and agony to several homes.

“If you are not hearing of new cases, it is not that the disease is not occurring, but because our disease surveillance is not up to par. We deceive ourselves that it’s a seasonal disease, but the fact remains that it occurs throughout the year. At least, three people are diagnosed of Lassa daily somewhere in the country.”

“We abandon disease surveillance and control activities; there was a time people worked together, the laboratories at Ibadan, the Ministry of Health, NIMR, joined forces to protect the country. In the 60s to 80s at Ibadan, we produced every reagent we needed in the country. We did not depend on importation. But now we are lazy and everybody wants to make money from importation.”

It would be recalled that early in the year, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control revealed that more than 130 people are suspected to have died from a Lassa Fever outbreak.


Related Articles

THE SUN RETURNS N9M SLUSH FUND TO NPAN

The Sun has returned its own share of the N120m the publisher of ThisDay, Nduka Obaigbena, received from former National

Dabiri Meets Nigerian-born Funmi Obe, First Black woman to Become New York’s Deputy Chief of Police

On Friday, March 25, 2016, Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Foreign Affairs & Diaspora, Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa,

Ben Bruce raises alarm over looming plane crashes

Senator Ben Bruce has raised the alarm over imminent plane crashes as a result of airlines not having access to


x

Other Interesting Posts

Drama as Saraki rejects water he was offered by CCT chairman - Report
There was mild drama at the Code of Conduct Tribunal sitting, on Tuesday, as the Senate President Bukola Saraki rejected water chairman of the tr...
Fani-Kayode visits Bishop Oyedepo, posts pics on Facebook
Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, on Tuesday, paid a courtesy visit to founder of Living Faith Church Worldwide International aka Wi...
Tailor remanded in prison for chopping off man's hand during fight
An Igbosere Magistrates Court today remanded a tailor, Samson Onome(pictured above), who allegedly chopping off a man's right hand with cutlass d...
powered by RelatedPosts