Dr Jibayo Adeyeye, the Acting Commissioner for Health in Ondo State disclosed on Thursday that Lassa fever claimed more lives than coronavirus in Ondo.
Ondo State is topping the chart of states with the highest confirmed and death related cases.
Adeyeye said this while sensitizing residents of Owo, in Owo Local Government Area of the state on the eradication of Lassa fever.
According to reports, 18% fatalities were recorded from the total reported cases of Lassa fever in the state while less than 1% COVID-19 related deaths occurred in the state, says by Dr. Adeyeye who also doubles as the Special Adviser on Health to Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu on Health.
He revealed that with 75% confirmed cases of the deadly disease from three states in the country, Ondo State has the highest of 36%.
Lassa fever has been in Nigeria for like four years now, without no ways to eradicate it from the country up till now.
While speaking Further, Dr Adeyeye appealed to residents of Owo and Ose Local Government Areas of the epicentres of Lassa fever in the state, to always maintained proper hygiene by ensuring that rodents which are the carriers of the disease are exterminated from their surroundings.
Dry season usually heralds the outbreak of the disease in the country, he stated that the only way that Lassa fever can be eradicated is only when rodents are wiped off from communities, hence the distribution of 10,000 pieces of rodenticides free of charge to residents in order to exterminate rodents, he said.