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Tension in Abuja as Lassa Fever strikes one
Dr. Isaac Adewole, Minister of Health

Tension in Abuja as Lassa Fever strikes one

Panic has hit the Federal Capital Territory Abuja as one person, a 33 year old man has died of Lassa fever at the National Hospital in Abuja! This development means that 12 states have now have reported incidents of the disease despite the assurances of the Federal Government.

Minister of Health Prof. Isaac Adewole, who announced the latest casualty, said yesterday that the death toll from the disease since its outbreak in August 2015 has increased to 43.The Abuja victim, according to the minister, came to the FCT from Plateau state.

The Minister charged health workers to be more vigilant and look out for symptoms of the disease.

A statement by the Federal Ministry of Health’s Director of Press Mrs. Boade Akinola on behalf of the Minister, said: “The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, has announced the death of one confirmed Lassa fever victim at the National Hospital in Abuja.

“The Minister has directed that all primary and secondary contacts of the victim should be tracked including the staff of the private hospital in Kubwa where the deceased was first managed for one week and subsequently became unconscious before the referral to the National Hospital.

“He also advised that family members should report at the nearest hospital if anyone has fever for more than two days.”

The Minister, however, urged Abuja residents not to panic but to maintain high level vigilance and present themselves for test if they feel unhealthy or they feel symptoms of Lassa fever which include high fever, stooling, tiredness, vomiting, etc., adding that self-medication should be avoided at this period.

The Medical Director of the Hospital Dr Jack Momoh who briefed the Minister, said the patient was brought in unconscious from a Private Hospital in Kubwa where he was admitted for eight days.

The 33-year-old newly married, lived in Jos, Plateau State but came to see a family member in Kubwa. He however died within 24 hours of admission at the National Hospital.

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