Apprehension Grips Staff, Patients of Federal Medical Centre, Asaba

Apprehension has gripped staff and patients of Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Asaba, Delta State, following the death of two patients within four days from Lassa fever outbreak.
There were indications that many of the patients in the Centre have decided to discharge themselves from fear of contacting the fever, while nurses are said to have fled the hospital for fear of the unknown.
No fewer than over 55 persons have been reportedly killed across the country in the last few weeks of its outbreak.
After the death of the two patients, it took the efforts of the Health workers at the FMC to remove their bodies.
Hospital sources said the two died two days interval after being managed for more than a week.
The State Health Commissioner, Dr. Nicholas Azinge said: “I know some persons have died, I cannot speak further on that because the Federal Ministry of Health is already doing something to sensitize the people and we in Delta State are also sensitising our people”.
With twenty-two patients quarantined at present at the hospital, further investigation revealed that there are palpable tension and fear of the unknown among the health workers, especially the doctors who feared that the disease may be something else.
A Doctor who did not want his name in the print, said “We too we are afraid of the present situation with over twenty two persons already quarantined and so far three have died, so the situation expresses deep fears of the unknown, but by the grace of God, we shall overcome the situation”.
But in a swift reaction, the acting Medical Director of the Hospital, Dr. Victor Osiatumeh said “It is not as if nurses or patients have fled the hospital, as for the nurses and doctors, they are careful with protective measures to ensure they too are not contacted, the situation as a matter of fact is precarious but we are managing it, especially the twenty two persons quarantined”.
Further investigation revealed that relations of the twenty-two quarantined persons are also careful with a view to ensuring they are not infected with the disease.
Two weeks ago a 65-year old woman from Anambra State died of the disease at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Asaba after being managed for a period of time. Since then there has been panic and fear of the unknown across the State.

Author: News Editor

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