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Lassa fever kills two doctors in Kano, 16 others in Ondo

It has been reported that two doctors died due to suspected cases of Lassa fever at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH) in Kano State.

The doctors who were respectively in the Obstetrics & Gynecology Department and a consultant Anesthetist, Dr Usman Kalthum died on Friday while Dr. Habiba Musa died on Monday.

The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) Kano branch released an advisory statement saying that the blood samples of the two deceased doctors to confirm diagnosis.  The advisory hinted that the Kano State Ministry of Health and the authorities of Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital have met and have shown commitment to addressing the challenge in the health sector of the state.

Meanwhile it has been reported that about 16 people have died from fresh outbreak of Lassa fever in Ondo state. The state government confirmed that 84 cases have been recorded since the beginning of the year.

The Ondo state governor Rotimi Akeredolu met with heads of relevant agencies yesterday to review the situation which escalated as medical personnel struggled with the challenge. Officials said the Federal Medical Centre, Owo facilities and other facilities in Akure have been already overstretched. So far, three local government areas have been affected. They include Akoko South West, Akure South, Ondo West, and Owo local governments.

 

 

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