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Lassa fever kills two doctors in Nasarawa specialist hospital

By Abel Abogonye, Lafia
16 December 2021   |   4:13 am
Two senior consultant gynecologists have reportedly died of Lassa fever at the Dalhatu Arafat Specialist Hospital (DASH) in Lafia, Nasarawa State.

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Two senior consultant gynecologists have reportedly died of Lassa fever at the Dalhatu Arafat Specialist Hospital (DASH) in Lafia, Nasarawa State.

The Guardian learnt that they contracted the disease during an emergency caesarian operation conducted on a woman, who was bleeding and admitted at the hospital, but unknown to the doctors that she had Lassa fever.

A source at the hospital confirmed that the pregnant woman was rushed to the hospital over complications arising from Lassa fever, but the consultants, who attended to her, though it was pregnancy-related complications.

The woman and the baby died some hours after the surgery.

It was further learnt that the test result showed that she had Lassa fever, which actually led to complications that resulted in premature labour that necessitated her being rushed to the hospital on emergency.

The source also disclosed that one of the doctors, who performed the operation died last week and that the test result confirmed that he died of Lassa fever, while the second doctor died yesterday.

Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the hospital, Mrs. Ruth Namo, confirmed that the two gynecologists died of Lassa fever.

It would be recalled that the state Ministry of Health last week declared that Lassa fever outbreak was imminent, as two cases of the disease was reported in the state.

The ministry also warned residents to keep their foodstuff and other items from contact with rodents and maintain good hygiene to avoid contracting Lassa fever.