Connect with us


Lassa fever kills one in Abia



Lassa Fever prevalence in Ondo worries Christian community

One person has died of Lassa fever in Olokoro community, Umuahia South local government area of Abia State.

The Permanent Secretary in the state Ministry of Health, Chief Egbulefu Eze, who confirmed this to journalists on Tuesday, said the victim, a 28-year-old man died, on January 1 at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Umuahia.

Eze said the ministry was taking measures to prevent the spread of the disease.

“I want to report about an outbreak of Lassa fever at Olokoro,” the permanent secretary said, adding that it was the fourth time Abia would experience the outbreak since 1999.

He said the state government had always contained previous outbreaks and was already on top of the situation.

“There’s no cause for alarm. Government is on top of the situation,” Eze said.

Read also: To safeguard Nigerians NAFDAC wants more vehicles, staff

He said all the people who had come in contact with the deceased had been identified and placed on surveillance.

According to him, disease surveillance officers in the ministry had consulted the state office of the World Health Organisation to map out strategies on how to check the spread of the disease.

The Medical Director of FMC, Umuahia, Dr. Azubuike Onyebuchi, said the deceased was initially suspected to be suffering from acute appendicitis.

Onyebuchi said further examination on the man revealed the case of lassa fever.

He said the management had identified all the hospital personnel that came in contact with the deceased and placed them on 21 days surveillance.

Join the conversation


Support Ripples Nigeria, hold up solutions journalism

Balanced, fearless journalism driven by data comes at huge financial costs.

As a media platform, we hold leadership accountable and will not trade the right to press freedom and free speech for a piece of cake.

If you like what we do, and are ready to uphold solutions journalism, kindly donate to the Ripples Nigeria cause.

Your support would help to ensure that citizens and institutions continue to have free access to credible and reliable information for societal development.

Donate Now

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

10 + 3 =