No fewer than four persons have reportedly died of Lassa fever recently in Anambra state.
One of them, a medical doctor, died at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Teaching Hospital, Nnewi on Tuesday.
This was revealed at a one-day Lassa fever training workshop organised by the state Ministry of Health.
Dr Jane Ezeonu, a resource person at the workshop, confirmed the doctor’s death.
She warned the people of the state to stop drinking raw garri, adding that they should protect their food and related items from rats.
Director of Public Health in the state, Dr Emmanuel Okafor said the workshop was part of the state’s measures to prevent more cases of the disease.
“In Anambra we don’t know the number of cases of the disease but we have three confirmed deaths.
He called on health workers in the state to exercise high standard in handling Lassa fever cases.
Okafor said the state government had put proactive measures to handle the scourge.
“We are having the workshop for prevention, not that we have an epidemic in the state, Chukwuka said.
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