Doctor, two others die of Lassa fever in Anambra

Doctor, two others die of Lassa fever in Anambra
August 19 06:10 2016

A medical doctor and two persons
have died of Lassa fever in
Anambra state.
The director of
Public Health, Anambra Ministry
of Health, Emmanuel Okafor, made this announcement
on Thursday.

The director confirmed the report
at a one-day workshop on Lassa
fever organised by the ministry to
sensitise health professionals in
the state on the disease in Awka.
He however said the outbreak
was not yet at an epidemic
proportion in the state.
Mr. Okafor said the workshop
was aimed at training the health
professionals who would go to the
grassroots to educate the people
on the prevention of the disease.

“In Anambra, we don’t know the
number of cases of the disease but
we have three confirmed deaths,’’
he said.
He urged health workers to
exercise high standard of
professionalism in handling Lassa
fever cases.
Okafor said the state
government had put in place
measures to handle the scourge.
Speaking earlier, Jane Ezeonu, a
resource person at the workshop,
said that the medical doctor died
three days ago at the Nnamdi
Azikiwe General Hospital
(NAUTH), Nnewi.
She said the late medical doctor was referred
to NAUTH from Asaba, Delta state.

Ms. Ezeonu warned people against drinking
garri (cassava flour), advising residents to
ensure protection of their food and related
items from rats.
“People don’t acquire immunity after
suffering from Lassa fever. General hygiene is
the key for prevention,’’ Ms. Ezeonu said.
Also speaking at the occasion, Okwuchukwu
Chukwuka, Permanent Secretary, in the
ministry, said there was no epidemic of the
disease in the state.

Chukwuka, who represented the
Commissioner for Health, Josephat Akabuike,
said the workshop was part of the proactive
measures adopted by the state government.
“It is a training workshop for health
professionals in the 21 local government areas
of the state who would sensitise and
disseminate information about Lassa fever to
the grassroots.
“We are having the workshop for prevention,
not that we have an epidemic in the state,”
Chukwuka said.