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Foundation aims to control Lassa spread among mothers

15 January 2016, 08:05Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA), the charity group, has taken rapid steps to elevate awareness of the deadly Lassa fever.

This follows an outbreak that  already claimed at least 41 lives of the nearly 100 reported cases in at least ten states.

WBFA has released info-graphics and behavior change communications to equip the general public with critical information that can potentially save lives.

To prevent Lassa fever, the foundation, led by its founder, Toyin Saraki, has placed emphasis on hand-washing and rodent control, while warning against contact with infected bodily fluids.

In light of the prodigious threat posed by Lassa fever to an already fragile public healthcare system, WBFA also aims to facilitate capacity building for healthcare workers.

Also Read: INFOGRAPHIC: This is why you should take Lassa fever seriously!

This is especially for workers in the areas of reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH), in order to minimise morbidities and mortalities resulting from the disease.

An acute hemorrhagic fever caused by the Lassa virus, Lassa fever can be transmitted through contact with an infected rodent or contact with the bodily secretions of an infected personn.

This includes mother-to-child transmission and consumption of infected food items. 

Focusing on the effect of Lassa fever on pregnancy, WBFA shared that pregnant women, especially those in the third trimester of pregnancy, faced a higher risk of contracting the disease – which causes mortality in 95 percent of cases.

As studies have indicated, the increased likelihood of mortality at this stage of pregnancy is due to immunosuppression associated with the third trimester of pregnancy.

- CAJ News


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