Thursday, 18 August 2016

Fear Grips Anambra Residents as Lassar Fever Kills Medical Doctor, others in a week

By Okechukwu Onuegbu

The Director, Public Health in Anambra State, Dr Emmanuel Okafor has revealed that a medical doctor and three others have died of Lassa fever in the state.

Speaking at a one-day Lassa fever training workshop organized by the state Ministry of Health, Dr. Okafor further announced that “In Anambra we don’t know the number of cases of the disease but we have three confirmed deaths.”

He however, explained that the essence of the workshop was to train professionals who would go to the grassroots to educate the people on the prevention of the disease, even as he called on health workers in the state to exercise high standard in handling Lassa fever cases.

According to him, the state government had put proactive measures to handle the scourge.

Also speaking, a resource person in the workshop, Dr Jane Ezeonu, while confirming the death of the medical doctor at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, on Tuesday, noted that the late doctor was referred to NAUTH from Asaba, Delta state.

Ezeonu, therefore warned the people of the state to stop drinking raw garri, adding that they should protect their food and related items from rats, because, according to her, people don’t acquire immunity after suffering from Lassa fever, as believed in some quarters.

She then maintained that general hygiene was important in Lassa fever prevention.



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