The Chairperson, Lassa Fever Committee in the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Jalingo, Taraba state, Aisha Sani has said that 14 persons have thus far died from the the disease, since January 2016.
Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Jalingo, Dr Aisha confirmed that of the 49 suspected cases of the disease reported in the hospital, 21 persons were treated and discharged.
Sani said “Seven persons had absconded. We are making frantic efforts to arrest and bring them back to the hospital before they infect others with the disease.
“We have our internal securities here, but the truth is that we need more to secure the Lassa fever unit.”
According to her, laboratory test had so far confirmed four cases of the disease, while four suspected cases were referred to the Institute of Lassa Fever Research and Control, Irrua, Edo.
“The four patients had already developed kidney failure and you know we don’t have dialysis section here.
“Let me use this medium to appeal to the Federal Government to provide a dialysis unit in this hospital so that we can save lives,” she said.