Lassa fever kills one in Abuja
Written by Taiwo Adediran on January 14, 2016
The dreaded Lassa fever which has been ravaging some parts of the country has landed in Abuja as Professor Isaac Adewole, Nigeria’s Minister of Health, confirmed that the viral fever has already claimed a life in the capital city on Wednesday.
The victim, according to the minister, died at National Hospital, Abuja.
Consequently, the Minister directed that all primary and secondary contacts of the victim should be tracked. This includes the staff of the private hospital in Kubwa where the deceased was first managed for one week and subsequently became unconscious before referral to National Hospital.
The Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Jack Momoh, who briefed the minister during his visit to National Hospital, said the thirty-three-year-old newly married man was a resident of Jos, Plateau State.
The latest death from Lassa fever brings the total number of deaths to forty-three in the country.