The Rivers State government has received 3,000 units of Ribervirin drugs in capsules and injections from the Federal Ministry of Health, to enable it adequately combat the outbreak of lassa fever in the state.
The state commissioner for Health, Dr Theophillus Odagme, who disclosed this to newsmen in Port Harcourt yesterday, said already the ministry has started distributing the drugs to all hospitals across the state.
Odagme, who spoke through his press secretary, Mr. Paul Bazia, stated that treatment for lassa fever is free across the state.
The Health commissioner said that the ministry was collaborating with the state Primary Healthcare Management Board to carry out a community outreach to sensitise people at the local communities on prevention and treatment measures.
He also said that the ministry is seeking partnership with multinationals in the state on the sensitisation programmes.
Odagme said, “Health personnel and doctors at the Braithwaite Specialist Memorial Hospital, and health centres, across the state including those at the Government Clinic, have already undergone training and workshop on handling lassa fever.”
The commissioner expressed happiness that there is no new case of the lassa fever presently in the state, adding that the doctor who treated the two patients that died had already tested negative to two different tests in Port Harcourt and Lagos, respectively.
He, however, added that those placed under surveillance would be monitored for two weeks before they are released.