Lassa Fever Returns, Kills Doctor In Nnewi Anambra State


lassa fever kills doctor nnewi anambra

August 19, 2016 – Lassa Fever Returns, Kills Doctor In Nnewi Anambra State

A medical doctor has died of Lassa fever at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital (NAUTH), Nnewi, the management has confirmed.

The Chief Medical Director (CMD), Prof. Anthony Igwegbe, on Friday in Awka, said that it was the first recorded case of Lassa fever handled by the hospital.
Igwebe said the doctor was brought in from Asaba, Delta.

“Yes, I can confirm to you that a medical doctor who was brought in here from Asaba died from suspected Lassa fever case.
“When he was brought as a suspected case, we took the samples to test and it turned out to be positive of Lassa fever.

“All stakeholders that attended to him did so under the universal precaution as recommended by WHO when you have such cases, said the CMD.
Igwegbe said it was the only case of Lassa fever being handled in the hospital and assured of continued precautionary measures.

“We are continuing our surveillance and taking necessary precaution when the body was in the morgue it was kept in a safe place and it was handled in isolation,” he said.

Officials of the Anambra Ministry of Health at a one-day workshop for Local Government Health officers revealed that four deaths arising from Lassa fever, including a medical doctor, had been recorded in the state recently.

10 thoughts on “Lassa Fever Returns, Kills Doctor In Nnewi Anambra State

  1. not again!!! rip to the dead… it is important we continue to take precaution because diseases like this are just too deadly

  2. May the almighty give the bereaved family the fortitude to bear the loss. Lassa fever indeed is a dreadful disease that should be taking seriously by the nigerian populace. No doubt,our government can play vital role in reversing what is now likely to be the spread of this terminal disease. Our government should support public awareness initiative through provision of information,communication materials and the briefing of traditional and religious leaders. It is also helpful to take such important information to the air such as our local radio so that vital truth regarding lassa fever will be constantly passed across to the nigerian population. This measures I think is highly necessary in order to curtail the spread of lassa fever as many nigerians which I believed are not aware of. It is equally important for our government to direct all health facilities in the country to emphasize on this control measures and ensure all patients are treated free. In order to achieve this, it is necessary the government invest more in health sector so that the average nigerian citizen could get help when infected. If therefore a medical doctor could be infected with this deadly virus,the question is,what about many nigerians that are not in medical field? That further race the urgency and importance of our government support in health care sector so as for us not to witness a total outbreak of this killer disease.

  3. GLAD TO know that the doctor was handled cautiously. Should God give me His powers for 5 seconds, rats would be the first thing I’d eliminate. I hate those creatures like hell.

  4. Our prayer should be ,GOD help us. Pleaae if you know what to do to prevent the disease !!! HELP YOURSELVES !!]!!

  5. Naija should clean their houses,area, cover their food from rats, stop eating so call bush meat,u will see things like Lassa ,Ebola e.t.c will wipe out, back to the bush and animal , back inside so call bush meat.

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