Nigerian Government Cautioned Not To Ignore Lassa Fever At The Expense of COVID-19.

Uploaded by on March 19, 2020

The Penpushing Media has called on the Nigerian Government not to let Coronavirus become an obstacle in the efforts at tackling killer diseases in the country, particularly Lassa fever which is more pronounced and deadlier.

This recommendation was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of the discussion on the topic’ Coronavirus: a Diversion from the deadlier Lassa fever in Nigeria ‘, endorsed by Penpushing Editorial Board Chairman, Mrs Funke Fadugba.

The Online Medium called on the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on the need to step up efforts and also put their focus on Lassa Fever and any other epidemic disease in the country.

The communiqué, however, acknowledged that Nigeria has done very well in the effort to contain the spread of Covid-19 but emphasized that preventive efforts and public awareness should be sustained.

According to the communique, in the first quarter of 2019, Lassa fever recorded Case Fatality Rate of 23% more than Coronavirus which is now estimated at 2%.

It noted that Coronavirus has more or greater tendency to spread more rapidly than Lassa fever and hence the public attention it is getting.

The Penpushing Media however cautioned that Coronavirus should not become diversionary at the expense of the more deadlier Lassa fever, which also has the propensity of becoming endemic due to its unprecedented spread in Nigeria and going by the seeming unchecked vectors having the opportunity to continually interact with larger human population in the country.

It further called for a joint national, state and local policy to be developed and enforced to promote personal hygiene and environmental sanitation.

The media organization charged Government at all levels to provide adequate infrastructure with the capacity to respond, diagnose and treat any Public Health Emergency throughout the nation.

It challenged media professionals to also endeavor to give adequate publicity and awareness about Lassa Fever to the general public as much as they are doing in the case of COVID-19.

The communiqué urged Nigerians during this period to maintain personal hygiene including regular hand washing with soap and water, respiratory hygiene and social distancing.

Abiola PETERS.

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