September 6, 2016

Lassa Fever: NCDC reopens hospital in Delta

By Festus Ahon

ASABA—Delta State Government and National Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, have reopened the private hospital, El-Comfort Hospital, in Asaba, that was closed down after a medical doctor infected with Lassa fever was hospitalized in the hospital about a month ago.

It will be recalled that the patient, Dr Okeke, later died at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, NAUTH, Nnewi, in Anambra State and has since been buried.

Briefing newsmen,  Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Ben-Ifeanyi Ajufoh, said: “Delta State Government and NCDC have cleared and certified the  hospital for operations.

“The late Dr Okeke manifested symptoms suggestive of Lassa fever at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Teaching Hospital, NAUTH, necessitating the testing of his blood at the specialist virology laboratory, Irrua, Edo State, where the disease was confirmed.

“The surveillance officer immediately activated the WHO Lassa fever containment and management protocol, thus fumigating and decontaminating all facilities that hosted him. Till date, no El-Comfort hospital doctor, nurse or staff has been reported infected and nobody has died in the hospital.”

Noting that the surveillance on exposed persons had ended after the required 21 days, Ajufoh said: “The hospital is now offering its services to the public having been cleared and certified by NCDC.”