The Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido-Ekiti, FETHI, Ekiti State, has discharged the student nurse that got infected with Lassa fever having fully recovered from the disease, as the first case in the state.
However, the management of the hospital may mete out sanctions to some medical personnel, who allegedly abdicated responsibilities by not volunteering to join the team to treat the highly contagious viral haemorrhagic infection when the patient was brought in.
The 19 -year old student of the FETHI’s School of Nursing, was rushed to the hospital some weeks ago, having contracted Lassa Fever that had killed some Nigerians in recent times.
At a press conference held in Ido Ekiti yesterday, marking the celebration of the medical breakthrough, the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Lawrence Ayodele, presented a Nurse, Mrs Adejoke Awotona and her team with certificates of excellence in service.
Ayodele, who pleaded with the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, to reward the experts and designate the centre as a nationally recognized Management Centre, said the patient was discharged after a post-treatment diagnosis carried at the Federal Teaching Hospital, Irrua, Edo State.
“This student Nurse was rushed into this hospital with high fever, bleeding from offices. We wanted to reject him because we don’t have the medical kits to undertake treatment here. But because we heeded the Minister’s directive not to transport Lassa Fever patient, we immediately swung into action.
“Today, we have recorded a success story. The lady has tested negative to the virus and she has been discharged. We were able to achieve this feat because of the determination of our Nurses and Doctors.
“For anybody to lay down his life in spite of the poor facilities to treat the infection here, he deserves to be compensated, even if it is just presidential handshake”, Ayodele said.
Ayodele said doctors, who allegedly dodged responsibility to be part of the team to treat the patient, will be sanctioned for alleged professional misconduct.
Ayodele appealed to the federal government to design a template for effective control of the spread of any endemic disease that breakout in the country.
Dr. Yusuf Musah and Awotona, infection disease experts, said government should increase the hazard allowance for medical experts, saying a sum of N5,000 is too paltry for anybody to risk his life.
Mrs. Awotona said: “If we have more terrible situations, we are ready to take the risk. But the government must take us into consideration. They must increase our hazard allowance and also pay us rural allowance , because Ido Ekiti itself is still a rural setting”.

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