The Federal University of Technology Akure, FUTA hereby debunks an unfounded rumour captioned “Lassa Fever Hits FUTA Health Centre” being spread on the social media.
The rumour is unfounded and baseless and false in its entirety. FUTA Health Centre is not a diagnostic or treatment bay for Lassa Fever and as such does not harbour patients of the ailment or persons undergoing investigations relating to it.
The Health Centre of the Federal University of Technology, Akure is staffed by qualified medical personnel that are trained to handle all cases professionally.
Following the outbreak of Lassa Fever and the incidence of the disease recorded in Ondo State, proactive measures were taken to educate students, staff and members of the FUTA community via various media on the nature and presentations of the disease and preventive measures relating to Lassa fever. The enlightenment programme is still ongoing as the Health Centre continues its collaboration with other relevant health authorities and stakeholders in the fight to curtail the spread and eventual eradication of the dreaded disease in the country.
It should be clear that the Lassa fever outbreak in the country is a serious health challenge and concocting unfounded rumour or scaremongering to induce fear and panic will be counterproductive.