Out of the 100 hospital workers who had contact with a pregnant woman who died of Lassa fever at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, three more have tested positive for the infection.
LUTH’s Chief Medical Director, Prof. Chris Bode, confirmed this at a joint briefing by the hospital’s management and officials of the Lagos State Ministry of Health, yesterday.
Prof. Bode confirmed tg5at the health workers had been admitted to the Isolation Ward at the teaching hospital alongside a female resident doctor who contracted the infection while conducting an autopsy on one of the index cases.
The CMD also identified the second patient who died of the disease at the hospital as a sickle cell patient who was admitted on August 5.
He added that the victim had just come in from a neighbouring state.
According to him, all the other 97 contacts are still being monitored.
Also at the briefing, the Director, Diseases Control, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Dr. Eniola Erinosho, said the private hospitals where the victims had visited before they were referred to LUTH had been placed under a 21-day surveillance.
He noted that the Lagos State Ministry of Health had directed its Epidemiology Unit to move into LUTH.
“We are on top of the situation and there should be no panic. The index case was referred from Divine Grace Hospital, Imota, in the Ikorodu area of Lagos. We have been there and have taken charge of the situation, but none of the people there has actually come down
“We have about 22 people there. Today is the 14th day of monitoring and we hope that in the next seven days they will be discharged from the monitoring list. At present, we have two suspected cases at the Mainland Hospital but they are under control.”
Erinosho also said that the state government would take over the second corpse in possession of LUTH, while the first victim had been moved to Ilesa, Osun State, in order for the officials there to dispose of the body according to international standards.
Source: The Punch