Sunday, April 18, 2021

Blood samples of suspected Lassa fever patients sent to Lagos for analysis – Kano govt


tiamin rice

Kano State Ministry of Health says it has sent blood samples of suspected Lassa fever patients to Lagos for analysis, adding that the results will be readily available by Wednesday afternoon.

Recall that on Tuesday, DAILY NIGERIAN reported that at least three people, including two medical doctors, had died, following an outbreak of a disease suspected to be Lassa fever at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano.

The newspaper gathered that a pregnant woman who underwent Cesarean Section at the hospital died three weeks ago of hemorrhagic fever believed to be Lassa.

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Credible sources at the hospital said a doctor who assisted in the operation died a few days after the death of the pregnant woman, while an anesthesiologist who attended to the woman at the Intensive Care Unit, ICU died at the weekend.

Ismail Gwammaja, the Public Relations Officer of the health ministry, confirmed receiving official information about the suspected cases.

According to him, blood samples of the affected persons have been sent to Lagos for analysis and will be readily available by Wednesday afternoon.

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“We are surely going to hold a news conference on reception of the results tomorrow in order to keep the public informed’’.

It was reported by an online media on Tuesday morning that some medical doctors had lost their lives due to suspected cases of Lassa fever which had not been confirmed by the hospital yet.

It was said that a pregnant woman from Bauchi State, who was a carrier of the disease, underwent a caesarean session at the hospital about 20 days ago.

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The media report also said that two medical doctors from the hospital died of the suspected disease at the intensive care unit of the hospital.

NAN reports that the Assistant Director Information of the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Hauwa Muhammed also said they were awaiting official confirmation and details of the reported disease as well as deaths from the hospital management.


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