COOUTH confirms Lassa fever case in Anambra State

Lassa fever
Lassa fever

A student of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, UNIZIK, has been confirmed as the first Lassa fever patient in Anambra State. The emergency response team of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital has moved the student to Abakaliki, after necessary decontamination.

The hospital in a circular signed by Ifeanyichukwu U. Ezebialu, acting CMAG, said: “On behalf of the hospital management, I wish to inform the entire hospital community that COOUTH received a suspected case of Lassa fever from UNIZIK Medical Centre. Specimen was collected and sent to Irruah, Edo State for confirmation. The result eventually came out yesterday and was positive, the State emergency response team of the Ministry of Health, which has been in the know all along has moved the patient to Abakiliki and necessary decontamination done in the ward where the patient was nursed.

“The Management is most grateful and appreciates all the staff involved in the management as they displayed commendable concept of the universal precaution. Going further, the management wishes to implore all staff to go about their normal duties as there is no cause for alarm. However, all must always remember to be vigilant and apply universal precautions.

“To further strengthen our preparedness, the management is organizing with the state emergency response team of the ministry of health awareness and sensitization programme on Lassa fever on Monday February 3, 2020 during the normal monthly assembly. Further details will be announced in due course.”

– Jan. 31, 2020 @ 14:25 GMT |

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