Just In: Gov. Umahi orders closure of hospital because of Lassa fever

Just In: Gov. Umahi orders closure of hospital because of Lassa fever

Lassa Fever becomes a global problem, mostly in Nigeria, many have died in Ebonyi as a result of Lassa Fever. Please cover your foodstuff properly to avoid rat eating it that is how people contact the sickness.

Gov. Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State has ordered the immediate closure of St. Vincent Hospital at Igbagu in Izzi Local Government Area of Ebonyi, following suspected outbreak of Lassa fever at the hospital.

The order was contained in a statement issued on Friday in Abakaliki by Mr Francis Nwaze, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media.

Umahi also said that all the staff and patients of the hospital should submit themselves to the Virology Centre at Abakaliki for comprehensive medical examinations.

The governor also said that all the family members and close relatives of the patients and staff of St. Vincent Hospital be quarantined at the South-East Virology Centre, for close medical observation.

Umahi assured the residents that the state government through its Ministry of Health would contain the spread of the disease and urged the public not to panic.

The statement read in part: “Gov. Dave Umahi has directed that the Ministry of Health under the watch of Dr Daniel Umezurike, Commissioner for Health, in conjunction with the staff of Alex Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospital, to immediately address all issues relating to the Lassa fever outbreak.