FCTA releases tips on Lassa fever prevention
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), through its Health and Human Services Secretariat, has released some useful tips on how to effectively prevent the spread of Lassa fever.
The disease has claimed the life of a visitor to Abuja.
The FCTA said the proactive step had become necessary to curtail the spread of Lassa fever and save FCT from any epidemic.
FCTA urged the residents not to spread foods to dry along the road as well as keeping the houses and surroundings clean by blocking all holes around the houses, clearing all bushes and disposing refuse in covered dustbins.
It also advised FCT residents to discard all foods partly eaten by rats and to seal tightly, all animal foods in metal containers.
It also urged the residents to cover all food and water properly and encourage them to set traps in and around the house to reduce rat populations.
"Accordingly, infected patients should be isolated from contact with unprotected persons until the disease run its course.
"Apart from avoiding contact with Lassa fever patients’ secretions, residents are advised to wear protective clothing, such as masks, gloves, gowns, and goggles when caring for patients with Lassa fever.
"Following the confirmation of the disease in some states, the Health & Human Services Secretariat embarked on measures aimed at preventing its spread in the territory" it added in a statement.
Meanwhile, the FCT Disease Control and Disease Surveillance as well as Notification Officers in the six Area Councils are on high alert as they have stepped up disease surveillance activities within their various localities, especially at the border communities.
The Heads of Health Departments in the Area Councils had already been directed to step up sensitization in the communities - markets, motor parks, churches and mosques; while the distribution of fliers is ongoing.