Reports emerged recently about the spread of the dreaded Lassa Fever in Anambra which reportedly affected a student and supposedly led to the student’s demise. However, a health practitioner in the state has come out to refute the claims of the rapid spread of the Lassa fever in the southeast state.
Dr. Lawrence Ikeakor, The Chief Medical Director, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Awka, Anambra State has claimed that the Lassa Fever situation said to be a challenge in the state has been exaggerated.
According to him, the nursing student who was a supposed casualty of the complications of the disease was already in hospital two weeks before the incident occurred.
Ikeakor said, “Nobody died in this hospital contrary to media reports. Our health officers are well informed and educated in a matter like this. They are prepared from the outset on how to handle the cases.
“So the idea of quarantining our medical officers because of the development does not arise. In the first place, no Lassa fever patient died here.
“Immediately our health officers noticed that the person could be a Lassa fever patient, she was transferred out of the hospital. They are properly trained about such situations. So, we didn’t quarantine them; they were asked to monitor themselves, which they have reasonably done and the outcome showed there is no need to panic.”
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