Management of Wuse District Hospital, yesterday, locked the hospital and fumigated the premises, in what insiders considered a proactive measure to forestall rat invasion and occurrence of Lassa fever in the medical facility.
A medical doctor who spoke to Nigerian Pilot under anonymity yesterday however said the exercise was a normal yearly routine coinciding with the current rage of Lassa fever spreading across the country.
According to the doctor, all the patients in the hospital were referred to Maitama District Hospital, adding that last week, the same hospital was closed down for fumigation.
A notice signed by management and pasted on the gate of the hospital indicated that normal clinical services would resume on Tuesday next week.
When this medium visited the premises, the two gates leading to the hospital were locked and a security man who also spoke under anonymity said that the real reason for the lock-up and shut-down of medical services was not unconnected with the spread of Lassa fever in the capital territory.
Efforts to reach the hospital secretary, Mr. Tobi Joel for explanation on the development, proved abortive as he did not pick the calls or respond to text messages sent to him in that regard, as at 6.28 pm yesterday.
It would be recalled that the Federal Capital City recorded one death and a suspected case at the National Hospital, Abuja.
Head, Communication Unit, National Hospital, Abuja, Dr. Tayo Hasstrup in a telephone interview with Nigerian Pilot said that no hospital should be shut down for any reason, adding that all suspected cases of Lassa fever were moved into isolation unit of the hospital.
It would also be recalled that last week, the Minister of Health, Professor Issac Adewole set up a National Lassa fever Action Committee for the control of the spread of the virus in the country.
At least over 80 people have reported died from the virus with increasing cases reported weekly across the country.
He however cautioned Nigerians to stop consuming rats as delicacy, stop drinking garri which is a staple food, cover all foods properly and to observe general environment and personal hygiene.