Lassa fever kills two Kano doctors, Ondo death toll rises

It was reported on Monday that 15 persons had lost their lives as a result of the disease in Ondo, but the death toll rose to 16 on Tuesday.
The Ondo State Epidemiologist, Dr Steven Fagbemi, disclosed this on Tuesday while briefing Governor Rotimi Akeredolu and the local government chairmen from the Ondo North and the Central Senatorial Districts, at the Governor’s Office in Akure, the state capital. Fagbemi said, “Sixteen of the patients have passed on as their cases had reached advanced stages before they were brought to the hospital. Forty-seven patients currently on admission are responding to treatment, while 21 persons have already been treated and discharged.”

Akeredolu urged the residents to stay calm as the government had adopted some measures to tackle its spread to other areas. Akeredolu, who said poor hygiene was responsible for the spread of the disease, added that the government had stepped up efforts to sensitize the populace about the disease through massive community awareness creation.

“The government has continued to provide free treatment to all patients that present with this disease in our treatment centres. We will like the public to note that this disease is totally treatable; indeed so far several patients have been treated and have fully recovered.” In Kano, some patients were said to have been placed under the Intensive Care Unit of the teaching hospital.


It was learnt that a House Officer in the hospital, Ummu Kulthum, died on Friday, while an anesthetist consultant, Habeeb Musa, died on Monday. The third victim, a pregnant woman, died due to suspected complications from Lassa fever. In a statement, the Kano State branch   of the Nigeria Medical Association, said samples had been taken to the Nigeria Centre for Diseases Control in Lagos for analysis. The result of the analysis was still being expected as of the time of filing this report on Tuesday





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