Oyo government reverses position; establishes case of Lassa fever

Written by on January 13, 2016

Thelassa fever Oyo State government has reversed an earlier claim by the state’s Ministry of Health, denying any case of Lassa fever in the state.

The State Ministry of Health, through the ministry’s acting Director of Public Health, Dr Taiwo Ladipo, had on Sunday said that the three suspected cases reported and diagnosed at the University College Hospital (UCH) had no feature of the disease.

But while addressing journalists on the position of the state government on Tuesday, Special Adviser to Governor Abiola Ajimobi on Communication and Strategy, Mr Yomi Layinka, explained that the state’s Ministry of Health, at the time, could not affirm the claim as it was yet to abide by its institutionalised protocol for investigating and reporting such incidents.

Layinka outlined the established protocol as the reportage of such incident at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, which would carry out laboratory tests and subsequently forward the test results to a reference laboratory in Lagos, under the Federal Ministry of Health, for confirmation.

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