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Lassa Fever: FMC nurses screened, ward shut down

By Daud Olatunji

ABEOKUTA —The management of the Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta has shut down the Accident and Emergency unit following the outbreak of Lassa fever, also known as Lassa Haemorrhagic Fever, LHF, which killed two persons.


The hospital management also reportedly screened all the nurses working in the unit and fumigated the affected area.

The Public Relations Officer of the FMC, Abeokuta, Segun Orisajo, disclosed this, yesterday, in Abeokuta.

Activities at the hospital were put on hold when some medical personnel and patients deserted the hospital due to fear of Lassa fever which claimed two lives.

The virus killed an Assistant Nursing Officer, Adesuyi Abolanle, and a corps member, Great Okusaga, who was serving at the facility.

Adesuyi was said to have attended to the corps member who earlier contacted the virus while working as morgue attendant in the hospital.

Vanguard gathered that apparently worried about the successive death of the duo, some workers in the hospital had stayed away from work.

Following the action of the workers, the management yesterday held a marathon meeting over the outbreak where precautionary measures were reportedly discussed.

According to Orisajo, the Accident and Emergency unit was temporarily shut down in order to effect basic cleansings.

He said: “In order to forestall escalation of the situation, we have put in place some precautionary measures. We have decontaminated and fumigated the place, nurses have been screened, beddings have been sanitised and by tomorrow (today) or Friday the place will be reopened.

“It is to prevent further escalation of the infection. We held a meeting this morning where we told our nurses and doctors of the need for safety awareness.”


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