The dreaded Lassa fever has hit Ogun state in the south-western part of Nigeria.
The report said authorities at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Abeokuta, the state capital on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 confirmed the death of a nursing staff due to the disease.
Lassa fever claims a Life in Ogun State, others on danger list
The victim, who was identified as Adebusuyi Bolanle. Reportedly, died later from the fever as two others have been placed in the observation room.
According to the special hospital, the victim died last week after battling with the sickness, AKA. Lassa hemorrhagic fever (LHF).
Confirming the development, the head of the hospital’s information, Segun Orisajo, assured however that the management has put up necessary measures to curtail the situation.
“Yes, I can confirm that we lost a staff nurse to the Lassa fever and two others are undergoing observation as I speak with you.
“The immediate families of the deceased have been contacted and they were here today (Tuesday) for observation.
“The state commissioner for health, Dr Babatunde Ipaye has been here too to carry out the necessary steps to stop the spread. The management can assure staff and patients that everything is under checks,”
As various states in Nigerian have experienced Lassa fever and now, with Ondo state recently becoming the sixth state to confirm the deadly disease which is often caused by a particular species of rats.
“Will this disease be contained in time before it claims another’s life?”