Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Nigerian doctors mourn colleagues who died of Lassa fever in Kano


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The national body of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA has expressed shock over the death of two colleagues who died following an outbreak of the Lassa fever in Kano State.

DAILY NIGERIAN had exclusively reported how a pregnant woman who underwent Cesarean Section at the hospital died three weeks ago of hemorrhagic fever believed to be Lassa.

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.

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Addressing newsmen in Kano on Wednesday, the National President of the NMA, Francis Faduyile commiserated with family and people of the state over the death of their four members within a week.

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Mr Faduyile disclosed that two medical doctors died in a ghastly accident on their way to Kano today (Wednesday).

He said: “There was a ghastly accident that killed two of our members today. The other two died as a result of Lassa fever after attending a patient who died of suspected case of the fever.

“The deceased all died in the line of duty. It is a tragic loss to NMA and people of Kano.

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“We have lost best intensive care practitioner who died while trying to save the life of a patient. But, we have to accept the fact that it is the will of God.

“We commiserate with our members and people of Kano State,” Mr Faduyile said.

He, therefore, called on the people of the state to be calm and not to panic as the state government is up-and-doing towards halting the spread of the disease.

While commending Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and the management of Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Mr Faduyile assured that all the cases recorded in some states of the federation are being contained.

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“The contacts are being traced. With the prompt response of the Kano government and AKTH, the situation will soon be contained. So, people should not panic.

“There is about 120 cases of Lassa fever recorded in Ondo state within a week but it is being contained there. So, no cause for alarm,” he said.

The national president also advises people to go to hospitals once they start feeling severely feverish, instead of running away for fear of being diagnosed with Lassa fever.

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