LASSA FEVER: Nigeria ranks Highest in West Africa
World Health Organisation (WHO) has rated Nigeria low in its reaction to Lassa fever epidemic even as the organization called for more prompt diagnostic test as a way of averting deaths.
The United Nations Organisation asserted that since its incep88tion about three months ago, Lassa fever has killed more than 160 people in West African countries with Nigeria accounting for 85 percent (138) out of 164 Lassa fever deaths in the region.
“Since November 2015, Nigeria, Benin, Sierra Leone and Togo have recorded more than 300 cases of Lassa fever and 164 deaths.
With Nigeria accounting for 266 cases and 138 deaths reported in 22 out of 34 provinces in the country.
Benin has recorded 51 cases and 25 deaths while Togo and Sierra Leone each reported 2 cases.
Without early diagnosis and treatment, 1 in 5 infections result in severe disease, where the virus affects the liver, spleen and kidneys,” explains Dr Formenty, who is an expert in hemorrhagic fevers at WHO.
“We need resources to invest in diagnostics to easily, accurately and safely test for Lassa fever as we do for malaria and HIV. Without proper diagnosis, many people do not receive correct treatment and that is why there are Lassa fever dying each year.” He added.
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