Danger! No bed space in Nigeria’s only Lassa fever hospital


Nigeria is in acute danger from Lassa fever as the nation’s only specialist centre, Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Irrua in Edo State, has run out of bed space.

Sources at the hospital told Metrostarng on Sunday that the specialist centre, which has only 22 beds, now has 27 cases from different parts of the country.

This is just as more deaths have been recorded from the latest outbreak of the virus.

As at Sunday night, patients had been admitted from Kogi, Anambra, Nasarawa and Imo states.

The cases, which were described as “really serious “, include: four patients from Kogi; a family of four from Ondo; another set of four patients; three doctors from Nasarawa, Kogi and Ebonyi; a family from Imo State; and a patient from Anambra.

The doctor from Kogi, Ahmed Idiwu, died a few hours after being admitted to the hospital, Metrostarng learnt.

The doctor got infected following surgery on a patient.

His colleagues later paid tribute to the doctor, who graduated from University of Nigeria in 2016.

“Today has turned out to be a black Sunday for 2016 Medical Class of UNN.. The death of Dr Ahmed Idowu, a friend, Classmate.. 2016 Editor in Chief of UNMSA Journal, Erudite Scholer, political Analyst and a well known and respected Kogite..

“He hustled for house job in several places until he finally got FMC Lokoja Last month only to be cut short by Lassa Fever..
RIP Brother……”

Some deaths have already been recorded from cases brought in from Ebonyi State two weeks ago.

•Photo: Dr. Ahmed Idowu



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