Home Health Suspected Lassa Patient in Sapele Referred to Irrua

Suspected Lassa Patient in Sapele Referred to Irrua


Nosa Akenzua, Asaba

A suspected case of Lassa fever was reported in Sapele recently. We gathered that the case was reported on Friday last week when a patient returned from his school in Ekpoma and complained of sudden fever.

His parents then took him to Sapele central Hospital where it was discovered after investigation that it was suspected to be Lassa fever from the symptoms presented.

The patient had since been taken to Irrua Specialist Hospital in Edo State for further investigation and treatment.

When our Correspondent contacted the Medical Director Central Hospital, Sapele, Dr Ben Ogbimi, he confirmed the story as true and said there was no cause for alarm, saying all precautionary measures were strictly observed at admission to the transfer of the patient to Specialist Hospital, Irrua.

It was also observed that the World Health Organization had sent personnel to Sapele to sensitive and educate people on the menace of Lassa fever as well as the preventive measures.

We equally gathered that only this week, another person was admitted with similar symptoms, the person came from Ilaje.

The patient was also taken to the Specialist Hospital, Irrua but his case has not been confirmed officially.

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Dr Ogbimi assured Sapele residents that the two suspected cases came from outside the town and that the hospital was well equipped to handle suspected cases of Lassa fever.

He advised that anyone with abnormal feverish conditions should rush to the Central Hospital for proper attention and such persons should avoid self medication by buying drugs from chemist without doctor’s prescription.

Meanwhile, the newly employed staffs of the Delta State University Teaching Hospital Oghara, have been advised to take their duties as civil servants seriously.

The advised was given during a one-day orientation organised by the hospital management for the newly employed staff of the hospital.

The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the hospital, Dr Onome Ogue, who was represented by the Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC), Dr Nekwu Okolugbo, stated that DELSUTH as a teaching hospital stood on tripod mandate of research, training and clinical service delivery, saying that the hospital mission was to provide compassionate and high quality care for patients and their families.

The CMD said that the focus of DELSUTH was to serve patients with the highest level of attention and taking patient as number one priority.

He advised the new staffs to desist from all sorts of negative attitudes towards their duties, stressing that staffs in DELSUTH take ownership of the institution by placing their job as number one.

Also speaking, the Director of administration, Mr Anthony Prezi, who congratulated the new intake, said that discipline and good attitude were very important in the service, adding that DELSUTH rendered the highest level of operations.

He advised the staffs to be loyal to instructions from their superior so long it falls within the rules of civil service.

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