Doctor, Nurse die of Lassa Fever in Ebonyi

From Angela Nwaeze; Abakaliki:

Ebonyi State commissioner for Health, Dr. Daniel Umezuruike has confirmed the death of a medical doctor and a nurse who died of Lassa Fever disease.

Umezuruike while briefing journalists on the latest Lassa Fever outbreak in the state, said that out of 12 samples carried out only four were lassa fever positive.

Out of the four persons, three were already dead, adding that only two were confirmed to be killed by lassa fever while the result of one of the late doctors was yet to present a case of lassa fever.

He attributed the death of the first doctor to self medication stressing that he took ill two weeks ago and before he accepted to visit Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki (FETHA) it was already late.

The doctor according to him was a staff of Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki but was posted to one of the General hospitals in the rural areas of the state.
Umezuruike said that the deceased was treating himself of malaria and typhoid not knowing that he had contacted the lassa fever disease.

While the nurse was sucking out blood from a lassa fever patient who was being operated upon.

He said that the last doctor whose case was yet to be confirmed was diabetic which he was treating but when he was rushed to the hospital last Sunday, he started bleeding which led to convulsion and he died.

The commissioner said that the patient who brought the disease and was being operated on survived and has been discharged.

He dispelled the rumor that the samples were taking to Irua Specialist Hospital Edo state, insisting that the test was conducted at the Ebonyi state Virology center Abakaliki.

He noted that the ministry has embarked on contact tracing of those the victims had contact with.

He assured that every measure was in place in other to contend the spread of the disease while extending his sympathy to the victims families.