Chief of Staff to the Rivers State Governor, Engr. Chukwuemeka Woke stated this while declaring open a one day Sensitization Seminar on Lassa Fever for staff of Government House, said that in the last one week the State has not recorded any new cases of Lassa Fever in the State following the maximum support his Excellency the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has put in place through the Ministry of Health.
"The Rivers State Government through the Ministry of Health has taken drastic measures with the support of his Excellency the Governor of Rivers State to combat the further spread of the Lassa Fever, and I believe that in the last one week we have not heard about any new case of Lassa Fever in the State.
Woke urged staff of Government House who participated at the event to make judicious use of the knowledge acquired from the programme and help to educate their neighbors, friends associates, business colleagues including Church members on how to prevent the spread of Lassa Fever.
“Those of you who work here will understand the sensitive nature of Government House, it is an epicenter of the State, whatever knowledge you acquire from this programme, take it home and educate your neighbors, your friends, associates, Church members and business colleges on the awareness to avoid the spread of Lassa Fever", he said.
Also Speaking, the Permanent Secretary Government House, Dr. Onyenachi Nwankwor called for regular hygiene to be practiced.
He said if proper hygiene is observed, people in the society will avoid 70 percent of contagious diseases.
Earlier in her presentation, Senior Medical Doctor at the Government House, Dr. Miller Finebone said the one day sensitization campaign on Lassa Fever was organized to educate Staff of Government House on the need to prevent the spread of Lassa Fever.
She noted that the deadly virus common symptoms can be identified from suspected persons infected such as: cough, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, chest pain, hearing loss, general fever, malaria, back pain amongst others.