Lassa Outbreak: FG Talks Tough, Cautions Doctors To Wear Protective Apparels
Concerned over the increasing number of health workers infected with Lassa fever, Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, has blamed it on their refusal to take necessary precaution while treating patients.
Adewole stated this in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, when he paid a courtesy call on Governor David Umahi.
According to the Minister, most doctors treat the deadly disease as if it “is any other ordinary disease” and thus fail to wear protective medical apparels while treating patients.
“What is worrisome is that when doctors and healthcare workers become infected then the country is in danger because every person that will go and meet that doctor or nurse is at risk.
”I want to say that up till today no health care worker has contacted Lassa at Irrua Specialist Hospital, Edo state because if you take precaution, wear gloves before you take blood, wear gloves before you operate, you can’t catch Lassa fever.
“Lassa fever requires close contact between the blood of an infected person and healthcare workers looking after him. Once you wear gloves, wear protective gown, you can’t have Lassa fever. But what we have discovered is that doctors and nurses treat Lassa as if it is just ordinary flu or malaria, but it is not,” the minister said.