Nasarawa State to establish Lassa Fever Center over outbreak

Nasarawa State to establish Lassa Fever Center over outbreak

The Chief Medical Director, Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital, Dr.

Ikrama Hassan said that the Nasarrawa State government is to establish a Lassa fever center as the disease hit the state and claimed the lives of two consultant gynaecologists, a woman and the baby.

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Hassan revealed this while addressing healthcare workers from the facility who stage a solidarity procession in honour of their deceased colleagues.

The management of the hospital in conjunction with the State governnent, and have expressed its unreserved preparedness and willingness to do all within their powers to ensure that state establish a testing Centre for Lassa fever.


Ikrama explained that the two Consultant gynaecologists got infected after performing a surgery on a probable case of Lassa fever.

He added that the two doctors participated in the surgery of a woman that was bleeding after delivering a baby at the facility suspected to be a carrier of Lassa Fever.

“We cannot do testing here because there is no testing facility in Nasarawa, and the woman’s case was an emergency.

“So we believed that is how the two doctors contracted the virus.

Unfortunately, we lost the doctors as well as the mother and her baby,” the CMD added.

If there was a testing centre here, I believe test for Lassa fever would have been conducted before carrying out the surgery.

“Gone are the days when a patient has to wait for many days before getting a test result,” the CMD declared.

“We immediately traced all the personnel’s in the hospital that had contacts with the deceased to the patient and the doctors.

“All the contacts, including medical personnel in the hospital, had tested negative and free from Lassa fever at the moment,” he said.

The medical boss further said all health workers, including non-health workers who had contacts with the deceased doctors were assessed, through contact tracing and testing; their results returned negative.

While assuring that the hospital would be more vigilant in detecting suspected Lassa fever cases, acquire testing facility for the disease, Dr.

Ikrama said he would do everything within his powers to ensure that Nasarawa gets a testing centre for Lassa fever.


Nasarawa State to establish Lassa Fever Center over outbreak

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