Ebonyi Hospital Shut Down As Lassa Fever Kills (5) Five
The Eonyi State government yesterday ordered immediate closure of St. Vincent Hospital Ndubia in Igbegu Izzi in Izzi local government area of the state following reported deaths and increasing spread of Lassa fever at the health facility.
Newsmen gathered that out of over 10 Lassa fever patients reportedly admitted at the hospital, no fewer than 5 had died as at Thursday 26 December.
A staff of the hospital who pleaded anonymity told Saturday Sun that the hospital had been battling to manage the development until the latest death of one Ogaranya Ephriam which made the hospital to contact the state ministry of health.
The victim’s sister Ogaranya Uchechi , who was attending to her brother before his death and many other patients have been moved to the Virology Centre, located at Alex Ekwueme- Federal University Teaching Hospital Abakaliki, AE-FUTHA 2, for medical treatment.
The development has caused panic and fear in the whole Izzi local government area , prompting the governor of the state, Dave Umahi, to order the closure of the mission hospital to curtain further spread of the virus.
The order is contained in a statement issued on Friday in Abakaliki by Mr Francis Nwaze, the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Media.
Umahi also said that all the staff and patients of the hospital should submit themselves to the Virology Centre at Abakaliki for comprehensive medical examinations.Ebonyi Hospital Shut Down As Lassa Fever Kills (5) Five
The governor also said that all the family members and close relatives of the patients and staff of St. Vincent Hospital be quarantined at the South-East Virology Centre, for close medical observation.
Umahi assured residents that the state government through its Ministry of Health would contain the spread of the disease and urged the public not to panic.
“Gov. Dave Umahi has directed that the Ministry of Health under the watch of Dr Daniel Umezurike, Commissioner for Health, in conjunction with the staff of Alex Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospital, to immediately address all issues relating to the Lassa fever outbreak.