Fresh Fears As Lassa Fever Makes Scary Return In Nigeria [SEE]


Fresh fears have hit Anambra State following a suspected case of lassa fever at the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital, COOUTH, Amaku Awka.

Patients and hospital staff were panic-stricken when they learnt that a newly admitted female patient possibly had the fever.

The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Lawrence Ikeako, while reacting to the incident said the woman was admitted on Sunday night, adding that his staff reported his suspicion to him.

“Actually we had a lady patient that was admitted on the night of Sunday and on Monday morning the staff, on suspicion that she may be a patient of lassa fever, informed me.


“We trained our staff in such a way that when they have suspicion of serious cases they have to alert the authority which they promptly did on admission of the patient.

“So we had to notify the Ministry of Health and the Ministry came with her ambulance and took the patient to a Federal Government specialist medical laboratory at Irua in Edo state, where she was confirmed to be a lassa fever patient.

“It is not that we don’t have our own ambulance, we have ours provided by His Excellency, Governor Willie Obiano but just that the Health Ministry decided to evacuate the patient with theirs,” he stated.

The CMD further lauded the support of the governor towards surmounting most of their teething problems.

According to him, the hospital recently received additional funds from him to help in recruiting staff, Daily Trust reports.

He added: “We are nurturing a very young teaching hospital, we have graduated first and second sets of medical doctors. In five years, we have recorded gigantic stride through our able governor who always comes to our financial needs whenever called upon.

“We have started the residency training, specialist training and this is as a result of approval and accreditations made possible by the Governor.”

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