The deadly disease, spread by rats has claimed three lives in a fresh outbreak; one patient and two health care givers have been confirmed dead in Kaduna state.
Lassa Fever has killed a medical doctor, nurse and a heavily pregnant woman in a fresh outbreak in Kaduna State, Commissioner for Health, Professor Andrew Nok has confirmed. He said the three people were killed by Lassa fever in a private hospital in Zonkwa, Southern part of Kaduna state.
Professor Nok while giving explanation said the nurse and the medical doctor contracted the disease after administering medication on the pregnant woman at Saint Loius Hospital, Zonkwa in Zangon Kataf Local government area of the state.
Pulse gathered that the doctor, a National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member serving in Zonkwa, alongside the nurse and the pregnant woman all died of the disease, according to a result of their blood test conducted in Jos, Plateau State.
The doctor who was identified as Kelechi Ogboji, Ebony State University (EBSU) trained medical doctor and a 2015 Batch ‘A’ corps doctor, was serving at St. Louis Hospital Zonkwa, and was scheduled to pass out on the 24th of March, 2016 before the incident.
According to residents the pregnant woman was admitted at the hospital on Tuesday 16th February, 2016 and later died. Dr Kelechi died on Friday 19th, 2016 while the nurse died a day before him, February 18th.
Apart from Kaduna State government confirmation, about 23 states out of Nigeria’s 36 states recorded lassa fever outbreak.