Tension In Asaba As Lassa Fever Claims 2 People

The news of the outbreak of Lassa fever at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Asaba has unsettled patients at following the death of two patients within four days.
The multimammate mouse that spreads Lassa Fever. Photo: Wikimedia
The Punch reports that while many of the patients and nurses have fled the hospital for fear of the unknown, investigations revealed that it took the efforts of the Health workers at the FMC to remove the bodies of the two patients reportedly said to have died of the virus.
According to hospital sources, the two victims died two days interval after being managed for a week plus but Dr. Nicholas Azinge, the state health commissioner, who refused to confirm the incident, said:“I know some persons have died, I cannot speak further on that because the Federal Ministry of Health is already doing something to sensitize the people and we in Delta State are also sensitising our people.”
With 22 patients quarantined presently at the hospital, investigation further revealed that there is fear of the unknown among the health workers, especially the doctors who feared that the disease may be something else.
Dr. Victor Osiatumeh, the acting Medical Director of the Hospital, in reaction to the news said:“It is not as if Nurses or patients have fled the hospital, as for the nurses and doctors, they are careful with protective measures to ensure they too are not contacted, the situation as a matter of fact is precarious but we are managing it, especially the twenty two persons quarantined.”

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