Officials of Anambra State Ministry of Health have disclosed that a medical doctor and three others had been reported to have died of Lassa fever in the state.
This was disclosed in a one-day Lassa fever training workshop organised by the state Ministry of Health.
A resource person in the workshop, Dr. Jane Ezeonu confirmed that the medical doctor died at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, three days ago while the director of Public Health in the state, Dr. Emmanuel Okafor, said the state had recorded the death of three others recently.
Ezeonu said the late medical doctor was referred to NAUTH from Asaba, Delta state.
She warned the people of the state to stop drinking raw garri, adding that they should protect their food and related items from rats, noting that people do not acquire immunity after suffering from Lassa fever, as believed in some quarters.
She said general hygiene was important in Lassa fever prevention.
According to Dr Okafor, the essence of the workshop was to train professionals who would go to the grassroots to educate the people on the prevention of the disease.
“In Anambra we don’t know the number of cases of the disease but we have three confirmed deaths.
She called on health workers in the state to exercise high standard in handling Lassa fever cases.
Okafor noted that the state government had put proactive measures to handle the scourge.
Speaking, the permanent secretary in the state ministry of health, Dr Okwuchukwu Chukwuka said there was no epidemic of the disease in the state.
Chukwuka, who represented the Commissioner for Health, Dr Josephat Akabuike, at the occasion, said the training workshop was a proactive measure.
“It is a training workshop for health professionals in the 21 local government areas of the state who would sensitize and disseminate information about Lassa fever to the grassroots.
“We are having the workshop for prevention, not that we have an epidemic in the state,” Chukwuka said.

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