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Anambra Health Commissioner Allays Fear Of Lassa Fever

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BY CHIBUZOR OKOYE
The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Josephat Akabuike, says that there is no cause to panic over the death of one miss Faustina Obiekwe by lassa fever in the state.

Dr. Akabuike stated this during a press briefing in Awka.
Addressing newsmen, Dr Akabuike who said that the deceased was a thirty year old student of school of laboratory Technology, Immaculate Heart Hospital, Nkpor, Idemili North Council Area, disclosed that Miss Obiekwe hailed from Imeziowa, Ezeagu local government area of Enugu state.

The Commissioner pointed out that the deceased presented a history of fever and bleeding from the gum to the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching hospital, Amaku Awka, on the fifth of this month , after which a clinical diagnosis of lassa fever was made based on detailed history and physical examination, the Case was reported to the Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry who took over the management of the deceased.

He further said that the late girl was transferred to Lassa Fever Institute, Irrua Edo state and the case was confirmed as Lassa fever, she was managed for two weeks before she died on the seventeenth of this month .

The State Health Commissioner further stated that a total of sixty three people have been identified having come in contact with the aforementioned girl, thirty one of them that were mainly health workers and students were classified as high risk and they are currently been followed up using the necessary surveillance tools and revealed that three among them who developed fever have been tested and they were negative.

Dr. Akabuike said that the Centre for Disease Control, Federal Ministry of Health has been contacted and the state government has been very supportive even as he appreciated the management and staff of the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital for a great job done and reassured Ndi Anambra and other residents of the state, that there is no cause for alarm.

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