Dr. Uwa Okhuarobo, an epidemiologist for the Ministry of Health in Edo State, revealed that between January and September of this year, the state reported 29 fatalities out of 225 confirmed cases of Lassa fever.
He added that there have been no causalities associated with the state’s 15 confirmed cases of monkeypox.
The Lassa fever cases were spread across 11 local governments in the state, according to Dr. Okhuarobo, who made this revelation in a chat with Daily Trust on Tuesday.
“We have 225 confirmed cases of Lassa fever; out of that number, 29 people have died between January and September, giving us a fatality rate for Lassa fever of 13%.”
The four local governments with the highest burden are Etsako West, Esan West, Esan North-East, and Esan Central, he added, adding that 11 local governments are affected by the Lassa fever.
We recorded no deaths from the disease, and all 15 confirmed cases of monkeypox between January and September have recovered.
The 15 confirmed cases, in his estimation, are dispersed among the five local governments of Oredo, Egor, Ikpoba Okha, Uhumwonde, and Esan West.
He claimed that although the state’s response to the control of infectious diseases is not new, steps are being taken to maintain the response and eradicate infectious diseases from the state.
According to Dr. Okhuarobo, the state governor, Godwin Obaseki, has issued an executive order to the local governments in areas with a high prevalence of Lassa fever directing them to set up systems to ensure that the number of cases is kept to a bare minimum.