Doctor Dies Of Lassa Fever In Umuahia

Many people have been left in a state of shock at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Umuahia, Abia State after a doctor reportedly died of Lassa fever.

An unidentified doctor with the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Umuahia, Abia State, has reportedly died of Lassa Fever, according to The Nation.
She died at Irua Specialist Hospital, Esan Central, Edo State, where she was transferred for treatment. Hospital sources said the patients were worried.
Speaking about the incident, a source told The Nation: “The resident doctor was a new registrar in the paediatrics department. She treated a child at the children emergency ward and we are suspecting she got infected there.”
Also speaking, another source said the doctor started working at the hospital barely one month before the incident, adding that she fell sick and was admitted to the Slessor Private ward of FMC between March 29 and 30.
She was transferred to Irua where the diagnosis was confirmed. She allegedly died a few days after admission.
“Contact tracing and risk stratification are on. The hospital’s response team has been deployed.
“The doctors, we learnt, are not happy with the development, and are calling on the management to do something about their safety at work or they may be forced to stop work until their safety is guaranteed,” another source said.
Commissioner for Health Dr. John Ahukanna, his information counterpart John Okiyi and the governor’s Senior Special Assistant on health, Dr. Ikechukwu Nwabekee, could not be reached for comments.

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