29 May 2014

Nigeria: NMA Advocates Health Centre for Lassa Fever Patients

Owerri — The Federal Government has been called to establish health centres and facilities where Lasa fever patients could be treated and managed.

Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) South East zonal caucus made the appeal during its emergency meeting in Owerri where the association discussed what it called issues of urgent National Importance. Briefing newsmen, the chairman of the South East zone of NMA, Dr. Emeka Obiora, disclosed that there had been an outbreak of Lasa Fever in the zone, especially in Ebonyi State, and decried the non-availability of medical facilities to handle the deadly disease. Obiora pointed out that victims of Lasa Fever in the zone could only receive best treatment in Erua Edo State or Lagos State, laminating that in the process of transferring such patients the possibility of contacting the disease becomes very high.

He also laminated that as a result of lack of diagnostic facilities in the zone, medical personnel are put at the risk of contacting the disease easily, explaining that the meeting in Owerri was meant to enlighten the people about the way to handle the situation.

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