Lassa Fever Outbreak: Over 20 patients admitted in Kogi hospital
Story from Rabi’atu, Lokoja
A suspected Lassa fever outbreak hits Ibaji community as over twenty patients from Ibaji local government area of Kogi state are undergoing treatment at Irruah specialist teaching hospital.
The outbreak of the lassa fever in the area, was said to have caused panic in the local government, where there is no functional hospital to take care of the disease.
Meanwhile, the state epidemiological unit in collaboration with Kogi State Ministry of Health has taken a proactive step to prevent escalation.
The Special Adviser to Kogi State Governor on health matters, Abu Jibril Okikiri, while reacting to the outbreak said the affected persons were three.
“As at today, case of lassa fever recorded for Ibaji LGA that are currently on care at Irruah specialist teaching hospital are just three, however, it is an outbreak because it is a notifiable disease.
A source from the local government area who preferred anonymity, said the number of people affected who are currently receiving treatment at Irruah hospital were more than the number claimed by the adviser.