Presently the Ministry of Health of Nigeria, has confirmed and subsequently declared Lassa fever outbreak which, has affected about 18 States with over 300 recorded cases and 31 deaths.
The market men and women were educated on how to prevent the spread of Lassa fever and measures to adopt when a case is suspected within their environment.
The markets the NMA visited included Akindeko and Olu-Ode.
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"As we are all aware, the vectors (rats) are very close to the people in the market and when they (rats) touch what they (traders) sell, the buyers who consume the food would be infected".
No fewer than 40 persons have been placed under watch in Osun and Ondo state following contact with a Lassa fever patient. That's why we embarked on this awareness tour to major markets in Osogbo.
"It is paramount to sensitise the traders on this". We are talking to the people in the local language and in a manner they can understand and get the message so that we can prevent Lassa fever rather than wait to treat people when infected.
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Olajumoke told the traders that Lassa fever outbreak in Ondo state was a a warning indication to the people of Osun state.
Dr Franklin Asiedu Bekoe, GHS Head of the Disease Surveillance Unit, in a media interview on Monday, said the alertness issued earlier, followed reports of the outbreak of Lassa fever in some neighbouring countries, including Nigeria, Guinea and Sierra Leone.
He said although Ghana has not yet recorded any case, it was important to ensure alertness of the disease and all Acute Haemorrhagic Fevers in general, enhance surveillance at all ports of entry, and encourage all Regional, District and Teaching Hospitals, including the Mission and Private Facilities, to alert their staff, and further initiate processes to create public awareness.
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"Also, 40 people are now quarantined at isolated centers and they are under close examination to determine if they have been infected". We realised that prevention is better than cure.