Ogun Lassa fever patient dies, second victim isolated


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The first Lassa fever victim identified in the state early this month has died.
The deceased, simply identified as Eze, was said to have died Saturday, as she was expected to complete her medication on Sunday and blood sample to confirm her cure.
Also, another victim has been identified in the state and she too is undergoing monitoring at Olabisi Onabanjo Teaching Hospital, OSUTH, Sagamu, Ogun State.
Addressing newsmen Sunday evening at the Conference room of the State Ministry of Health, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye expressed sadness over the death, saying the state was waiting to celebrate her for the completion of her dosage before she died Saturday.
According to him, “Ogun State Government under the leadership of Senator Ibikunle Amosun announces regrettably the death of the first case of Lassa fever in Ogun state today.
“We have contacted the family and gotten necessary consents and approvals to bury the remains, according to WHO guidelines and the national protocol.
“Eze was admitted into the isolation unit of OSUTH, which was specifically equipped, staffed and funded by the state government to manage confirmed cases of Lassa in the course of this national epidemic.
“Upon confirmation at a private hospitals in Ota, Eze received the best medical attention from varying numbers of medical specialists, well trained nurses, volunteer medical officers and several well kitted support staff. The patient received a nine-day course of ribavirine, potent antibiotics, appropriate blood transfusions and necessary psychosocial support.
“We were only waiting to celebrate the completion of medication today and take a blood sample to confirm cure, when unexpected complication set in yesterday, Saturday 13, February, 2016.”
He also disclosed that the deceased relatives were contacted before burial, adding that her father, who resides in Nassarawa state was contacted alongside other relatives around Ogun …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper