Lassa Fever kills over 80 persons in Ondo in one year..
Lassa Fever has killed over 80 persons in Ondo state in the last one year.
This is according to the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jibayo Adeyeye.
He disclosed this in Owo, during a road walk sensitization on the eradication of disease in the state..
Adeyeye stated that despite the fatalities and scare caused by the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic, Lassa fever in 2020 killed more people in Ondo State.
He said: “According to records, 18 percent fatalities were recorded from the total reported cases of Lassa fever in the state when compared to the less than 1 percent of COVID-19 related deaths in the state.
“All the confirmed cases of the disease in Nigeria, 75 percent are from three states with Ondo State topping the chart with 36 percent.
“We are in an unfortunate situation of COVID-19 all over the world. It has killed 41 people in Ondo State from January till now.
“But Lassa fever has killed more than 80 people. 18 percent of Lassa fever victims have died compared to 1 percent of COVID-19.
“It has been with us for a long time. It is when the dry season starts that we experience the issue of Lassa fever.
“Ondo State is one of the states in Nigeria, where the disease is rampant. This is a serious situation that must not be taken lightly. We are determined about this disease, so we want to eradicate it”