Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye
The Ghana Well being Service (GHS) has issued an alert over the outbreak of Lassa Fever in some international locations within the West Africa sub-region together with Liberia, Nigeria, and Togo.
The Service has subsequently directed well being amenities nationwide to ship suspected circumstances of Lassa Fever to the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Analysis for investigation.
The directive, in line with an announcement signed by the Director Common, Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, mentioned the transfer has turn into needed given the proximity of the affected international locations, each geographically and thru journey, to Ghana.
“All suspected circumstances of Lassa Fever ought to be investigated in step with protocols outlined in Ghana’s IDSR Technical Pointers with strict adherence to an infection prevention and management protocols,” it mentioned.
The assertion additionally raised the necessity for heightened surveillance to make sure the immediate identification and acceptable investigation of any suspected case.
Lassa Fever is attributable to the Lassa virus transmitted from Mastomys rats to people primarily via meals or objects contaminated with the rat faeces or urine.
Human-to-human transmission may happen to a lesser extent in situations of direct contact with physique fluids, blood, and secretions of contaminated people.
In step with the third Version of Ghana’s Built-in Illness Surveillance and Response (IDSR) Technique, the assertion mentioned the next case definitions have been to be utilized in suspecting and investigating for Lassa Fever.
They have been sickness with gradual onset with a number of of the next – malaise, fever, headache, sore throat, cough, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, myalgia, chest ache, listening to loss and a historical past of contact with excreta of rodents or with a case of Lassa Fever.
A suspected case that was laboratory confirmed (constructive IgM antibody, PCR, or virus isolation) or epidemiologically linked to a laboratory confirmed case, was thought of as a confirmed case of Lassa Fever, the assertion mentioned.
The assertion admonished the Chief Government Officers or management of the assorted regional well being amenities to deliver the directive to the discover of all related employees of their respective areas and amenities.
By Jamila Akweley Okertchiri