Medical doctors in Osun State under the auspices of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) on Monday went into major markets in Osogbo, capital of Osun State to sensitise traders on lassa fever.
The Chairman of NMA in the state, Dr TOKUNBO OLAJUMOKE who led the team of doctors to Akindeko and Olu-Ode markets said the sensitization was aimed at educating the traders on the existence of lassa fever, the symptoms of the fever and the appropriate steps to take in case such symptoms are noticed.
OLAJUMOKE told the traders that the outbreak of Lassa fever in Ondo state was a delicate signal for the people of Osun state and urged the traders to be careful with rats on the raw food stuff.
He said since the rats are very close to the people in the market, when they touch what the traders sell, the buyers who consume the food would be infected.”
OLAJUMOKE reminded the traders that there has been record of a death in Osun as a result of lassa fever at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Ile-Ife.