Anambra places 19 persons on Lassa Fever Surveillance

The chief medical Director of Nnamdi Azikiwe University teaching hospital Nnewi, Professor Anthony Igwegbe says they have placed nineteen persons on surveillance in connection with the death of patient who died of lassa fever, on referral from a private hospital in Asaba, Delta state.
He revealed that the patient was diagnosed of lassa fever, few hours he was brought into the hospital but later died before treatment commenced.

Professor Igwegbe stated this at the teaching hospital Nnewi, while interacting with newsmen, stating the level of their preparedness to prevent the spread beyond the number of persons already on their watch.
Residents of Anambra state were woken to sudden news of lassa fever epidemic, which brought many on their toes to ensure the spread of the disease is curtailed.
The chief medical director of Nnamdi Azikiwe University teaching hospital Nnewi, Professor Anthony Igwegbe noted that suspects in their surveillance would only be satisfied, after twenty-one days, if the hotness for the hemorrhagic fever test does not exceed the required human temperature.
He dispelled the rumour that the patient was a residence of Anambra state, said the patient was  on referral from a private hospital in Delta state, due to medical doctors industrial strike action going on in the state.
On their parts, the state representative of the World Health Organization,  Dr. Willie Onuorah and head of epidemiologist Anambra state, Dr. Chigioke Emmanuel explained the measures put in place to ensure people are protected from any disease that is of high public health risk and are adequately managed, not to spread beyond its instant place of occurrence.
Confirming the incident, the Anambra state commissioner for health, Dr. Josephat Akabuike affirmed that the state has no record of Lassa fever epidemic, said the case of the referred medical doctor was an imported case from a neighbouring state and promised the state government has already put the situation on check.
which has already been placed on check.

The corpse has been deposited in a separate mogul and would be buried in strict compliance with the medical directory, to prevent the spread to cause further outbreak in the state. 


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