By Adamu Aminu, Kano.
At least three people have died of a disease suspected to be Lassa Fever in the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital while those that had contact with them are quarantined, a situation that has amounted to uncertainty.
Reliable sources, craved for anonymity from the hospital told First Weekly Magazine that a pregnant woman, already dead had a caesarian session about three weeks ago, suspected to be the source of the disease.
“A House Officer that died recently assisted in the C/S that was done to the woman. The late Dr Habib who died recently had contact with the patient in ICU. The SR that operated the patient is currently sick and has been isolated” the source confirmed.
The source also said that measures are being taken to curved the situation as the hospital is processing the procurement of treatments.
“Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital is in the process of securing Ribavirin for all the primary contacts of the patient. Healthcare workers should be vigilant and cautious” the source added.
More so, there was a statement issued by the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA to staff of the hospital. Part of the statement reads
“My dear colleagues,
It is sad we’ve lost our colleagues within a week.
There are 2 cases of suspected Lassa fever (whose samples were taken to confirm diagnosis)
“While awaiting the results. There was an emergency meeting this evening for a harmonious effort between the Kano State MOH & AKTH.”
“Both sides have shown commitment so far; Suspected cases received IV Ribavrin and were transferred out to Yargaya Isolation centre; All primary contacts are to be on quarantine; Contact tracing will continue from tomorrow morning, and all those identified should please comply, for early treatment in order to stem the tide of any possibilities.
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