The Cross River State Government has confirmed four suspected cases of Lassa Fever in the State, with one of the patients who is a pregnant woman, dead.
The pregnant woman is suspected to have died as a result of the virus at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH).
The woman whose age is yet to be known, is said to have traveled from Taraba State and was first admitted at the Nigerian Navy Hospital along Moore Road Calabar, before she was transferred to the intensive Care Unit of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital UCTH.
Confirming the incident, Cross River State Commissioner for Health, Inyang Asibong who spoke to Channels Television, said that the deceased had to be transferred to the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital following her critical state before she finally died.
She further disclosed that samples of blood of the deceased has been taken for proper diagnosis, assuring that measures have been put in place to avoid spread.
Recall that, Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, who paid a courtesy visit to Ebonyi state Governor, David Umahi following the death of 4 Medical health workers from Lassa fever, blamed the spread of deadly virus on the carelessness of health personnel in the country.
“What is worrisome is that when doctors and healthcare workers become infected then the country is in danger because every person that will go and meet that doctor or nurse is at risk.
”I want to say that up till today no health care worker has contacted Lassa at Irrua Specialist Hospital, Edo state because if you take precaution, wear gloves before you take blood, wear gloves before you operate, you can’t catch Lassa fever.
“Lassa fever requires close contact between the blood of an infected person and healthcare workers looking after him. Once you wear gloves, wear protective gown, you can’t have Lassa fever. But what we have discovered is that doctors and nurses treat Lassa as if it is just ordinary flu or malaria, but it is not,” the minister said.
The Minister of Health also blamed the delay to fully equip the Virology Centre Abakaliki, which was built and handed over to the federal government, on outbreak of other deadly diseases across the country.