Lassa Fever kills doctor, district head, eight others in Bauchi
By our correspondent
Lassa fever has claimed the lives of a medical doctor at the Federal Medical Center, Azare Bauchi state, alongside a District Head and eight others, Daily Trust reports.
One doctor Mansur Mohammed died from Lassa fever last Friday, a source at the Abubakar Tafawa University Teaching Hospital, who craved anonymity, told the newspaper.
The doctor and a nurse treated that a Lassa fever patient at the FMC Azare were infected and subsequently admitted at the ATBU teaching hospital.
Both of them, according to the source, died in the hospital and five doctors of the hospital have been quarantined in the hospital.
Our reporter gathered that the Bauchi state governor, Bala Mohammed, has cut off his official trip to Germany and returned to the country today to tackle the Lassa fever outbreak as the disease ravaged the state. A statement signed by
Governor Bala Mohammed said his administration will engage religious and community leaders to sensitize its citizenry on how to prevent themselves against the disease.
The Special Assistant, New Media to the state governor, Lawal Muazu Bauchi, quoted the governor when he paid a visit to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in Abuja as saying: “Because of the escalation of outbreak of Lassa fever in Bauchi state and the death of one of the District Heads due to the Lassa Fever and the infected medical personnel, I’ve decided to cut short my official visit to Germany by coming to solicit the support of the Federal Government through the DG Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and ED National Primary Health Care Development Agency.
“Our visit to you is to appreciate you for your commitment towards reducing the infectious diseases in the country and to intimate you that we are ever ready to work with you for effective provision of healthcare services in the state.”