2nd Lassa fever death in Ebonyi – A second Lassa fever death has been recorded in Ebonyi state, the state’s commissioner for health revealed.
According to the commissioner, Dr. Daniel Umezurike, a 10-year old boy had died from the virus shortly after being discharged from the Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki.
Umezurike said: “The incident is unfortunate. The deceased was a pupil of one of the primary schools in Igbeagu, Izzi Local Government Area.
“The bereaved parents are based in Abuja but the report we have did not indicate that he travelled to meet his parents recently.
“He, however, responded to treatment in the hospital which made the authorities to discharge him, but he unfortunately died the day he was discharged.
“The hospital certified him fit after treatment but before he was discharged, we had already taken his test sample to the relevant quarters where the result read positive,” he said.
Uwezurike added that the state government was taking improved steps to curtail the spread of the disease and increase awareness among citizens.
“We have also intensified our enlightenment campaign among the citizens on ways to prevent the disease and immediate report of suspected cases to relevant authorities,” he said.