17 May 2014

Nigeria: Lassa Fever - Ebonyi NMA Sends SoS to FG

Abakaliki — The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Ebonyi State branch, rose from meeting at the Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki (FETHA2), on Saturday with a call to the Federal Government to, as a matter of emergency, establish a virology diagnosis centre in the South East geo-political zone to save the inhabitants of the area from Lassa fever.

The association explained that the reported 25 cases of deaths arising from the Lassa fever is an understated as many other incidents of deaths arising from the diseases might have occurred in the far-to-reach villages without being recorded.

The NMA chairman, Chidi Esike, stated that, "the figure is understated, there might have been more of such cases that are not recorded.

"Yes, the Chief Medical Director of the teaching hospital has put up some preventive measures, but the fact that we do not have the virology centre puts the doctors, indeed everybody at greater risk, because, you would need to travel to another geo-political zone in Nigeria to text for Lassa fever".

The NMA revealed that 25 deaths have been recorded in the state since 2005, many of them medical personnel.

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