Edo State has recorded 176 cases of Lassa fever since the outbreak of the disease in the state, with the government stepping up efforts to contain the epidemic.
The Edo Commissioner of Health, Prof. Obehi Akoria, disclosed this while briefing journalists after the weekly Edo State Executive Council (EXCO) meeting chaired by Governor Godwin Obaseki, at the Government House, in Benin City.
Prof. Akoria said Etsako West and Esan West Local Government Areas are the worst hit by the disease.
According to her, “11 local government areas of Edo State have been affected by Lassa fever, and leading among these are Etsako West and Esan West, which account for about 64 percent of the cases and 52 percent of deaths.
“As of Tuesday, April 5, 2022, we have confirmed 176 cases of Lassa fever in Edo State and we are committed to eradicating it, focusing on ending the breed of rats that cause the disease.”
Prof. Akoria said the Obaseki-led administration will continue to invest massively in the provision of quality healthcare services to the people, so that more residents, especially rural dwellers will have access to quality and affordable healthcare services.
She added, “We are committed to ensuring the upgrade of primary health care facilities in the state. If properly run, primary healthcare facilities will become the gateway and bedrock of quality healthcare for the people of Edo State.
“Our focus and vision for the state is for Edo people to access healthcare that is equitable and affordable and as close to where they live and work as possible. We will make Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) work in the state.”