Medical Doctor Dies of Lassa Fever in Delta

An Asaba-based medical doctor (name withheld), has reportedly died of Lassa fever.
The victim whose blood sample tested positive to Lassa fever at the Institute of Lassa Fever, Irrua, Edo State, was said to have died at Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital (NAUTH), Nnewi, Anambra State, where he was referred to for the treatment when he took ill.
It was gathered that the late doctor who hailed from Anambra state, was first admitted at a private hospital in Bonsaac area of Asaba, from where he was referred to NAUTH, Nnewi.
Following the death of the doctor, a total of 32 persons have been reportedly quarantined in Asaba, Delta State.
Also, the late doctor’s private hospital, located in Umuaji area of Asaba and the other private hospital in Bonsaac area, also in Asaba, where he was treated, have been shut down and fumigated.
According to Delta State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Nicholas Azinge, who broke the news in a press statement in Asaba, those placed under surveillance include 11 persons from the immediate family of the deceased, 18 persons at the private hospital where the patient was first admitted and three others who had contact with the deceased.
Azinge in the statement said two LGA Disease Surveillance Officers in Oshimili South and Oshimili North Local Government Councils were actively involved as part of the state response team, adding that the officers would be monitoring the temperature of those quarantined for the next 21 days.
He confirmed that the state Lassa Fever Response Team has been reactivated, adding sensitization of health workers in the state is on-going for them to have a high index of suspicion and take preventive measures when managing infectious cases.
“Awareness creation through the various mass media so the general public can understand how the disease is transmitted and therefore take preventive measures to forestall its spread. In addition, outbreak prevention materials have been pre-positioned in high risk disease outbreak LGAs.
“Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), non-contact thermometers and other items have been distributed to the Disease Surveillance and Notification Officers in all of the 25 LGAs in the State by the State Ministry of Health. The drug Rivabirin has been procured for immediate case management.
“The Federal Ministry of Health and the Nigeria Medical Association, Delta State, have been contacted and are collaborating with the State Ministry of Health.I want to use this medium to assure the general public not to panic since the situation is under control,” Azinge said.‎

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