Lassa fever: Enugu confirms one death

Lassa fever: Enugu confirms one death

- One person has been conformed dead in a recent Lassa fever outbreak in Enugu state

- The state government on Monday, August 6, said the incident occurred at the health facility within Enugu metropolis

- According to the ministry of health in the state, the health providers at the health facility tried to manage the patient but lost him

The Enugu state government on Monday, August 6, confirmed the death of one person from Lassa fever in a health facility within Enugu metropolis.

Ifeanyi Agujiobi, the permanent secretary, the state ministry of health, made the confirmation to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu.

He said that the health providers at the health facility tried to manage the patient but lost him.

Agujiobi revealed that the ministry’s epidemiology officials had commenced massive contact-tracing of those people that had contact with the patient.

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He said that it was only one person, whose case was confirmed by Lassa fever test centre that died in the state.

He said the state has had no other suspected or confirmed case of Lassa fever.

The permanent secretary said that the ministry has deployed a team of health epidemiology officials to commence massive contact-tracing even up to the customers where the deceased patient sources his food.

“We have already done massive deployment of experts in epidemiology and other health professionals to start contact-tracing of the doctors, nurses and other health workers in the hospital that attended to the patient.

“The ministry will take the contact-tracing to the family members and friends as well as even the food vendors patronised by the deceased.’’ he said.

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Agujiobi noted that the state would also commence a massive sensitisation against the disease in local media using native languages.

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the federal government had declared the end of the emergency phase of the 2018 Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria.

FG confirmed at least 423 cases were reported with 106 deaths from the disease since January, when the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) began containment measures.

NAIJ.com gathered that the health minister, Isaac Adewole, in a press briefing disclosed on Thursday evening, May 10, that the control was a joint epidemiological review by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), and World Health Organisation (WHO).

Source: NAN

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