Not less than 32 persons, including doctors, nurses and others, are on quarantine and surveillance in Asaba, Delta State, following the death of a medical doctor, Okeke, transferred from Asaba to Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital (NAUTH), Nnewi, Anambra State, after being diagnosed of Lassa fever.
It was learnt that the blood sample of the Asaba-based doctor, who is a native of Anambra State, was confirmed positive to Lassa fever at the Institute of Lassa Fever, Irrua, Edo State.
It was further learnt that the late victim was first admitted at the private hospital in Bonsaac area of the state capital from where he was referred to NAUTH, Nnewi, where he reportedly died.
However, reports confirmed on Monday that his hospital in Umuaji area and another private hospital where he was treated at Bonsaac area, all in Asaba, have been shut down and fumigated.
Commissioner for Health, Delta State, Dr. Nicholas Azinge, confirmed the doctor’s death, adding that those placed under surveillance include 11 persons from the immediate family of the deceased, 18 persons at the private hospital where the patient was first admitted and three others who made contact with the deceased.
Azinge in a statement said that two local government areas (LGA) disease surveillance officers in Oshimili South and Oshimili North councils were actively involved as part of the state response team, adding that the officers have been monitoring the temperature of those quarantined for the next 21 days.
The state Ministry of Health boss said the State Lassa Fever Response Team has been reactivated, adding that sensitisation of health workers in the state is on-going for them to have a high index of suspicion and take preventive measures when managing infectious cases.
Azinge also said that the state has commenced awareness creation concerning the disease.