Lassa fever has ripped life out of the hearts of a medical doctor and two other persons in Anambra State, the director of Public Health, Anambra Ministry of Health, Emmanuel Okafor, said on Thursday.
Mr Okafor made the disclosure at a one-day workshop on Lassa fever organised by the ministry to sensitise health professionals in the state on the disease in Awka.
He however said the outbreak was not yet at an epidemic proportion in the state.
Mr. Okafor said the workshop was aimed at training the health professionals who would go to the grassroots to educate the people on the prevention of the disease.
“In Anambra, we don’t know the number of cases of the disease but we have three confirmed deaths,’’ he said.
He urged health workers to exercise high standard of professionalism in handling Lassa fever cases.
Mr. Okafor said the state government had put in place measures to handle the scourge.
Jane Ezeonu, a resource person at the workshop, had earlier said that the medical doctor died three days ago at the Nnamdi Azikiwe General Hospital (NAUTH), Nnewi.
She said the late medical doctor was referred to NAUTH from Asaba, Delta state.