Friday, January 21

WHO doctor dies of Lassa fever in Benue

A medical doctor identified as Samuel Nyityo, has died of Lassa fever in Benue State, while one other has also contracted the disease.

The Daily Vendor Newspaper learnt that the other patient is in a stable condition.

The medical doctor, who died of the disease was working with the World Health Organisation, and was diagnosed with Lassa fever. He was rushed to Irrua in Edo State, where he died on Sunday.

It could not be ascertained how the medical doctor contracted the disease, but a source hinted that two of his neighbours had Lassa fever in December.

The Benue state Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Prof Joseph Ngbea, told newsmen that only the medical doctor had been confirmed dead from Lassa fever.

The commissioner, said, “The medical doctor was diagnosed with Lassa fever a few days ago and when there was no dialysis at the teaching hospital, we quickly sent him to Irrua in Edo State, where he died on Sunday.”

Ngbea said another patient suffering from the disease was in a stable condition, adding that the deceased worked with the WHO in Benue State.

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The commissioner stated that the government had begun contact tracing of those who likely had contact with the victims.

“We have also procured drugs worth N600,000; the emergency unit has come out with an action plan and have been mobilised to go into the houses of the two persons to get those who had contact with them as well as to find out whether there are rodents there,” the commissioner said.

He added that the state government would soon organise a workshop on Lassa fever to create more awareness on why people should not keep anything that would attract rodents into their homes.

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