A medical doctor identified as Samuel Nyityo, has been confirmed dead as a result of Lassa fever complications in Benue State, the day Nigeria Centre for Disease Control issued a fresh warning over rising cases of Lassa fever in Nigeria.
The public health institute issued the warning on Sunday, lamenting that confirmed cases have risen to 4,632 and the death toll now stands at 102.
The medical doctor, Samuel Nyityo, who was a staff with the World Health Organisation was diagnosed with Lassa fever and was rushed to Irrua in Edo State for treatment where he died on Sunday.
Details on how the medical doctor contracted the disease are still not clear. But a source hinted that two of his neighbours had Lassa fever in December.
The state Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Prof. Joseph Ngbea, confirmed that the medical doctor died from Lassa fever.
The commissioner said, “The medical doctor was diagnosed with Lassa fever a few days ago and when there was no dialysis at the teaching hospital, we quickly sent him to Irrua in Edo State, where he died on Sunday.”
Ngbea said another patient was in a stable condition, adding that the deceased worked with the WHO in Benue State.
The commissioner stated that the government had begun contact tracing of those who likely had contact with the victims.
“We have also procured drugs worth N600,000; the emergency unit has come out with an action plan and have been mobilised to go into the houses of the two persons to get those who had contact with them as well as to find out whether there are rodents there,” the Commissioner said.
He added that the state government would soon organise a workshop on Lassa fever to create more awareness on why people should not keep anything that would attract rodents into their homes.