18 Aug 2016

Lassa Fever Kills Doctor, Three Others In Anambra

A medical doctor and three others have reportedly died of Lassa fever in Anambra state. This was a revelation by the State Ministry of Health Thursday in Awka during a one-day Lassa fever training workshop.

One of the resource persons at the workshop Dr. Jane Ezeonu confirmed that the medical doctor died at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, three days ago.

Also, the Director of Public Health in the state, Dr Emmanuel Okafor, said the state had equally recorded the death of three others, recently. For Ezeonu, the late medical doctor was referred to NAUTH from Asaba, Delta State.

She warned the people of the state to stop drinking raw garri, adding that they should protect their food and related items from rats. 

Furthermore, she explained that people don’t acquire immunity after suffering from Lassa fever. Ezeonu said general hygiene was important in Lassa fever prevention.

According to him “In Anambra State, we don’t know the number of cases of the disease, but we have three confirmed deaths.”

He therefore, called on health workers in the state to exercise high standard in handling Lassa fever cases.

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