Doctor dies of lassa fever in Benue

A medical doctor working with the World Health Organization (WHO) in Benue State, Dr Samuel Nyityo, has died of lassa fever in the state.

State Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Professor Joseph Ngbea, confirmed his death.

Against the insinuation that another person also died alongside the doctor, the commissioner said that only the medical doctor had so far died of lassa fever in the state.

He added that one other patient is said to be in a stable condition.

The Nigerian Tribune reliably gathered that the medical doctor who earlier had two of his neighbours treated for lassa fever in December 2021 died at Eruwa in Edo State on Sunday.

Professor Ngbea told our correspondent on the phone that, “the medical doctor was diagnosed with lassa fever a few days ago and when there was no dialysis at the teaching hospital we quickly sent him to Eruwa in Edo State where he died on Sunday.”

He however said that the government had begun contact tracing of those who likely met with the victims.

“We have also procured drugs worth N600,000.00. The emergency unit has come out with an action plan and has been mobilized to go into the houses of the two people to get those who had contact with them as well as to find out whether there are rodents there,” the commissioner said.

Professor Ngbea added that the state government will soon organise a workshop on lassa fever to create more awareness on why people should not keep anything that will encourage rats into their homes.

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