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August 17, 2018

Lassa Fever: Doctors, Nurses flee hospital over outbreak in Ebonyi

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There was a pandemonium at the Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki, FETHA, at the early hours of Monday as doctors and nurses fled the hospital over the outbreak of lassa fever in the state.

It was gathered that this followed the death of two doctors and a nurse on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Ebonyi State government has confirmed the death of the said doctors and a nurse, who contracted lassa fever after treatment of a patient at the hospital.

Briefing Journalists in Abakaliki, the commissioner for Health Dr. Daniel Umezurike regretted that the state had suffered so much outbreaks resulting from outbreaks of lassa fever, Ebola and monkey pox.

“It is either the outbreak of lassa fever or outbreak of Ebola or monkey pox and it is most unfortunate. Ebonyi state always has a share of these outbreaks.

“For instance, Lassa fever was first noticed in Ebonyi state in 2005 where 5 persons lost their lives in the then Ebonyi Teaching hospital, and nobody knows what it was then.

“In 2008, it struck again and 2 doctors oddly lost their lives. It was then that the federal government conducted a research and found out it was Lassa Fever.

“In 2014, we lost one person, in 2015 we lost another person, it was at the inception of this present government that the governor in his quest to control it, built a virology center and equipped it and it was upgraded to a zonal virology center”, he added.



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