Lassa fever kills student in Ebonyi

The Lassa virus (PhotoCredits: Liveofofo)

Lassa fever has claimed one life in Ebonyi State, the governor, Dave Umahi, has confirmed.

The governor disclosed this during a town hall meeting with stakeholders on Monday, saying the victim was a student.

“Unfortunately we lost one student, a 26-year-old boy from Izzi,” said the governor.

Mr. Umahi directed that people living in the vicinity of the hostel where the victim died should be monitored to prevent the spread of the disease.

While urging residents to keep their environment clean, the governor advised residents to go for check-up if they have high fever, instead of resorting to self medication.

“It may be Lassa fever and if it is detected on time it can be treated, but if it advances, it may be difficult to save the person,” he said.

He thanked the federal government for donating virology equipments for testing of Lassa fever, which he said were currently under installation.


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  • tsunami1earthquake

    The Detachment Syndrome of Nigerian leaders is taking a turn for the worse! This governor ‘advised’ residents of Ebonyi to ‘keep their environment clean’ as a measure to prevent Lassa fever! What a statement! A reasonable government, knowing the life cycle of this disease, would have sprung into action to tackle the environmental sanitation situation all over the State headlong! It is no secret that environmental sanitation all over Nigeria is at an abominable level. Starting from Abuja and travelling to all States of the country, it is fashion to see heaps and heaps of flowing and gathering refuse all over towns, cities and villages! So why would these carrier rats of Lassa vermin not thrive uninterrupted?

    As far as I am concerned, the beautiful ones are not yet born as far as getting the right leadership is concerned in Nigeria. The leaders that would rescue Nigeria from the myriad of problems facing it are not yet there.