Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Benue Records Two More Cases of Lassa Fever

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Tests in a medical laboratory.

Makurdi — Two children suspected to be suffering from Lassa fever have been admitted at the Benue State University Teaching Hospital (BSUTH) in Makurdi, Benue State.

Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Prof. Abraham Malu, disclosed this while receiving drugs and other essential items from a team from the Federal Ministry of Health.

Malu said the children who are already responding to treatment are children of the medical doctor, who died a few weeks ago from the same disease.

He added that none of the health workers in the hospital contacted the disease due to quick intervention of relevant agencies.

Earlier, leader of the delegation from Abuja, Dr. Okpikpi Okpako, said they were in Makurdi to donate drugs and protective mask for patients and health workers in response to the outbreak of the disease in the state.

Okpako said the Minister of Health, Prof. Oyebuchi Chukwu, is very concerned about the spread of Lassa fever, and advised members of the public to seek medical attention immediately they notice symptoms of fever instead of resorting to over-the-counter drugs for self-treatment.

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