Lassa fever victims from neighbouring states flee to Ondo for treatment as death toll rises

By Ade Adesayo

The Ondo State Government has attributed rising cases of Lassa fever in the state to influx of victims from the neighbouring states.

Victims of the disease  are said to be  trooping to the state for free treatment.

The state Epidemiologist, Dr Stephen Fagbemi, confirmed  that no fewer than 20 people had been killed by   the disease in the state.

The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Wahab Adegbenro,  said,  “We are having the high figure because Ondo State is the only state that the treatment of Lassa fever is free of charge. I think we are having people coming from other areas for free treatment.”

112 cases of the disease are  said to have been recorded in Ondo so far.

 The cases were said to have been recorded in the Akoko South-West, Ose, Owo, Akure South and Ondo West LGAs.