The Edo State Commissioner for Health, Prof Obehi Akoria, said on Wednesday that Etsako West, Esan West, and Esan North East were the most affected local government areas by Lassa fever in the state, and he urged for the collaboration of residents to contain the pandemic across all communities in the state.

She said Edo State has recorded 97 confirmed cases of the disease, adding that the three most affected local government cases account for 75 per cent of confirmed cases in the state.

The Commissioner said while Etsako West recorded 38 cases of the 97 confirmed cases in the state, Esan West recorded 24, and Esan North East, 19.

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Others are Esan Central, 3; Esan South East, 2; Etsako East, 2; Owan East, 2; Akoko Edo, 2; Ovia North East, 2; Oredo, 2; and Etsako Central, 1.

She said the total fatalities recorded in the state were confirmed in Etsako West (4), Esan West (2), Esan NE (2), Etsako East (1), and Oredo (1).

Reiterating the government’s commitment to ensuring the health and safety of residents, Akoria advised, “While the government is implementing a number of measures to prevent the spread of the disease in the state, we urge everyone to support the government’s efforts in curbing the spread of Lassa fever by complying with guidelines to stay healthy and safe.”

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