No UNIBEN Student Died from Lassa Fever
Contrary to the news making the rounds that a student of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), Benin City, has died from Lassa fever, the authorities of the school has denied the rumoured. There was a report that a 300-level Engineering student of the institution has died from Lassa fever.
Michael Osasuyi, the institution’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), made the denial on Monday in Benin in an interview.
“We have not received reports from any health centre or any parent to confirm that a student of the institution died from such illness.
“The false rumour which is fabricated is intened to cause pandemonium in the institution should not be believed,” he said.
He said that the institution had already taken measures to prevent the spread of the disease within the school and its environs.
“The Vice Chancellor has earlier set up a committee to sensitise the community housing the institution on the disease, it’s mode of transmission, prevention and control.
“Plans are being made to provide flowing water and washing bowls at strategic locations within the school,” Osasuyi added.
Dr Osamwonyi Irowa, the Director, Disease Control, Edo Ministry of Health, also said that there was no reported case of death from Lassa fever from UNIBEN.
He added that such case was not recorded by the ministry or the Lassa fever research institute in the state.
“We were not informed about the incident; no case of death from the disease was recorded in health centres within the state or from the Lassa fever research institute at Irrua.
“Even if anyone dies, it can’t be Lassa fever that killed the person. They should find out what killed the person”, he said.