It has taken away the men in her life; from her brother to the man she regarded as her number one hero, her father. Yet, the pain is not over yet.
Little or no action was taken against this scourge by previous administrations in the state, but Governor Dave Umahi seems to be singing a new song of victory against the disease. Though it may not have been completely defeated, Umahi recently rolled out drums to celebrate the near conquest of the diseases following the construction, completion and commissioning of the Lassa Fever and Virology Centre to tackle the incessant outbreak of the deadly disease.
The preponderance of the dreaded Lassa fever virus led to the construction of the N million ultra-modern virogy centre commissioned by the Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, on September 5, Umahi said his administration had been pushed too far by the intermittent outbreak of Lassa fever, adding that he has been pushed to the wall to react and fight the scourge.
Daily Sun gathered that the centre recently recorded the first ever survivor of Lassa fever disease.
Victor Ifeanyi Ibekwe who hails from Ezza-Effium in Ohaukwu Local Government Area became the first person to survive the deadly disease since the commissioning of the virology centre in Victor, according to his mother, Mrs.
They were forced to seek help in a private hospital, in Abakaliki. I sent one of his siblings to go and buy paracetamol, which he took and the thing continued. I became afraid because since I lost his father, he has been the source of strength to me.
I noticed he was very weak to go to work until he started behaving strangely and demanded that we take him to the hospital. I noticed that a particular doctor after examining him hurriedly wrote that he should be moved immediately to FETHA and instructed that before we could get there, doctors would have resumed work.
I got more confused when we were taken straight into a new building which I did not know when it was built. It was there that they confirmed that Victor had Lassa fever.
He told me that Victor was going to pass through three stages, which would determine his survival. The first stage was when he was injected with a certain drug that got his head and all his body swollen like an elephant.
I thought I had lost him but the next stage followed another injection that almost made him mad. I thank God he also survived the stage till the last one. Though a doctor on duty who did not want his name in print confirmed that Victor was strong, he also disclosed that he was running short of blood as his blood unit was only 20 per cent.
He said he would need at least three units of blood. It is not good to allow any suspected Lassa fever patient to go to our general hospital or primary health care centre because it could further spread and that is why we built the centre to isolate any case identified through advocacy campaign.
One of the dialysis machines is in the hospital here Lassa fever centreand one in each zone in the hospital of your choice.
So, on the whole we are spending close to N million to attack Lassa fever. About N64 million was used to build the mini-hospital and the lab. We equipped it with modern equipment.
Ogah commended the governor for coming to their aid: He said a lot of people both natives and non-natives died of the disease in the state, which would not have been so, if they were given prompt diagnoses and treatment. He said the essence of the virology lab was for prompt analysis of suspected Lassa fever case and for them to proffer solution by way of treatment without endangering the lives of other patients and medical health workers: Driving to Irua is five hours non-stop and we had to transport patients in critical condition that far.
Commissioner for Health, Dr.
Daniel Umezuruike, attributed the new development to the foresightedness of Umahi in building the centre which he said would help the state government and other nearby states to fight collectively against the Lassa fever virus. He said the ministry initiated workable plans to end the scourge through maintaince of already existing health centres and fortifying the health centres.
He expressed optimism that with the virology lab in place the issue of Lassa fever would soon be curtailed.Signs and symptoms of lassa fever typically occur one to three weeks after the patient comes in contact with the virus. These include fever, retrosternal pain (pain behind the chest wall), sore throat, back pain, cough, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, conjunctivitis, facial swelling, proteinuria [protein in the urine), and mucosal bleeding.
The Delta Government has donated personal protective medical equipment to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Asaba, as part of efforts to curtail the scourge of Lassa fever in the state.
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At the time of writing this essay, Nigeria has lost 44 of her citizens to the dreaded Lassa Fever which like the equally dreaded Ebola Virus Disease is a haemorrhagic fever that spreads easily from one person to another even at the slightest of contacts.
In sight of the outbreak of Lassa Fever, residents of Port Harcourt have been advised to stop drinking garri soaked in cold water for now, because rats that carry the highly contagious Lassa fever. The Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH), Bauchi, has discharged nine patients out of the 10 patients admitted for Lassa fever treatment.