An update on the successful management of health workers who were exposed to a patient with lassa fever including ongoing surveillance/monitoring protocols
FROM THE OFFICE OF THE CMAC
LAGOS UNIVERSITY TEACHING HOSPITAL
28TH August, 2017
Four weeks ago, 2 patients were admitted to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), one, a young lady who had just lost a pregnancy in the course of her acute illness and was treated in LUTH for the last 12hours of her life. The other, a young man who had sickle cell disease and what was initially thought to be a simple febrile illness. Hewas brought to LUTH in a poor state and died within 48hours. Shortly after, during surveillance of staff and family exposed to the two cases, 5 doctors were identified to have contracted the disease in their bid to save the lives of the 2 patients. They were promptly admitted to the Isolation Centre of the hospital and treated by a multi-disciplinary team of trained healthcare personnel.
I am pleased to inform you that all the 5 affected health personnel have been successfully treated and discharged, the last one was discharged 5 days ago. With the collaboration and support of the national Centre for Disease Control, the Lagos State Ministry of Health and the Federal Ministry of Health, the contributions from Ebola Containment Trust Fund, the 5 were all treated successfully and over 150 personnel have completed their surveillance(monitoring). Presently, less than 40 remain under monitoring and hopefully these remaining shall complete their follow up and that will put an end to the outbreak of this deadly disease.
We wish to commend all volunteers (nurses, doctors, laboratory staff and other support staff) for selflessly dedicating themselves to the care of the patients. The general public is once again reminded to maintain good personal and environmental hygiene and to eliminate the rats in their houses. Rat control measures should be adopted for our environment and all food items should be kept in rat-proof, lidded containers. Patients who have fever should always see their doctors and be promptly referred if suspected to be Lassa.
DR. OLUFEMI FASANMADE
CHAIRMAN, MEDICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE
FOR: LUTH MANAGEMENT