The Federal Medical Centre in Lagos has introduced a mandatory free temperature screening for patients, their relations and workers, in a bid to curb Lassa fever.

Some of the patients described the exercise as pro-active and laudable. A patient, Doris Nwabueze, said the screening is a good gesture by the hospital.

Also, Faith Agu, who brought her daughter for treatment, said the compulsory screening indicated the level of alertness of the hospital’s management to the outbreak of the disease.

Chairman of the Infection and Prevention Control Committee set-up by the hospital, Usman Olagoke said the screening is one of the actions put in place to prevent any eventuality.

Also, the Head, Department of Family Medicine at the centre, Olagoke, said that members of the committee had been trained on how to handle any suspected case of Lassa fever.