Speaking at a press briefing weekend, the state Commissioner for Health,Dr. Jide Idris who urged the residents to be vigilant and report any case of strange illness in their environment to relevant authorities, said 34 other cases are currently under examination.
Idris said : “Blood samples (and throat swabs) from the patients and water samples from the community have been taken to the Virology Reference Laboratory at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) and Lagos State Drug Quality Control Laboratory (DQCL), LASUTH, Ikeja respectively. The source of the infection is still under investigation.”
And that it had also constituted a team of Epidemiologists to investigate the outbreak and institute appropriate measures to prevent further spread of the disease.
The water from the wells is found to be used mostly for bathing, washing and cooking. Majority of the citizen claimed it is not used for drinking but a few said they sometimes drink from the well. The community head Chief Hunpe Dansu confirmed the outbreak of the Febrile Rash Ilnesses.”
To prevent further spread of the illness, the commissioner affirmed that his ministry has commenced awareness ceation and community sensitisation, while also stressing the need for continuous health education of the community on immunization, measles and personal and environmental hygiene.
He revealed that the government had concluded plans to begin the conduct of mapping of all slums and blighted areas in the state towards reducing the health hazards associated with such areas.