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Nigeria: Lassa Fever Claims Doctor, Three Others

A medical doctor and 3 others have been reported dead from Lassa fever infection in Anambra state.

This was disclosed yesterday by a resource person Dr. Jane Ezeonu at a workshop on Lassa fever organized by the state Ministry of Health.

Ezeonu said the doctor died at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, three days ago, and was referred to NAUTH from Asaba, Delta state, warning the people to stop drinking raw garri and protect their food from rats.

She explained that people don’t acquire immunity after suffering from Lassa fever, as believed in some quarters, stressing the importance of general hygiene as antidote to its infection.

On his part, the Director of Public Health in the state, Dr. Emmanuel Okafor who announced that the state had recently recorded three deaths to the dreaded decease, said the essence of the workshop was to train professionals, who would go to the grassroots to educate the people on its prevention.

“In Anambra we don’t know the number of cases of the disease but we have three confirmed deaths”, he said.

Meanwhile, the permanent secretary, ministry of health, Dr. Okwuchukwu Chukwuka, said there was no epidemic of the disease in the state.

Source: Daily Trust