Anambra: Panic in Ojukwu varsity hospital as doctors admit ‘Lassa fever patient’

Posted on June 13 2017 , at 09:38 pm
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  • Lassa virus is usually acquired from infected rats and is often deadly.

Nigeria’s health minister, Isaac Adewole

Patients at Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital (COOUTH) Amaku Awka, Anambra state, reportedly physically distanced themselves from a room where doctors were treating another patient down with the dreaded Lassa fever.

Lassa virus is usually acquired from infected rats and is often deadly.

Patients reportedly avoided going near an apartment where a lady believed to have contracted the virus was kept.

Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Lawrence Ikeako, said they had a lady patient that was admitted on Sunday night, and was immediately informed by his staff of the suspicion.

‘Actually we had a lady patient that was admitted on the night of Sunday and on Monday morning the staff, on suspicion that she may be a patient of Lassa fever, informed me,’ he said.

‘We trained our staff in such a way that when they have suspicion of serious cases they have to alert the authority which they promptly did on admission of the patient.

‘So we had to notify the Ministry of Health and the Ministry came with her ambulance and took the patient to a Federal Government specialist medical laboratory at Irua in Edo state, where she was confirmed to be a Lassa fever patient.

‘It is not that we don’t have our own ambulance, we have ours provided by His Excellency, Governor Willie Obiano but just that the Health Ministry decided to evacuate the patient with theirs,’ he stated.

Ikeako, who acknowledged the support of the governor towards surmounting most of their teething problems, said the hospital recently received additional funds from him to help in recruiting staff.

‘We are nurturing a very young teaching hospital, we have graduated first and second sets of medical doctors. In five years, we have recorded gigantic stride through our able governor who always comes to our financial needs whenever called upon.

‘We have started the residency training, specialist training and this is as a result of approval and accreditation made possible by the Governor,’ he said.

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