Rivers State Government says it has discovered a new case of Lassa fever in a private hospital in the state.
This came as the federal government announced the resurgence of the disease in some states of the federation.
Confirming the new outbreak of the disease to newsmen on Wednesday in Port Harcourt, the Commissioner for Health, Dr Theophilus Odagme, said the patient, who has been well- managed by doc-tors, has fully recovered and discharged.
Odagme said the Ministry of Health has collaborated with the World Health Organisation (WHO), the private hospital and the family of the patient, to ensure that the processes of decontamination and contact were effectively carried out.
He advised people not to panic, adding that the state government was on top of the situation.
He further advised people to report all cases of persistent high fever and bleeding to the nearest health facility or call for quick response.
Speaking further, the Health Commissioner said that the state government had adequate medical fa-cility in Emohua to tackle cases of Lassa fever.
Odagme advised members of the public to be health-conscious and not spare rats seen within their environments.
“We have health facilities in Emohua where any patient with symptoms is treated. We are appealing to members of the public that persons with constant high fever should be reported to the Ministry of Health for prompt response”.
He urged the people to ensure that sick persons are properly treated to know their health status.