Lassa Fever Kills Doctor In Rivers

A medical doctor with Rivers State-owned Braithwait Memorial Specialist Hospital, Dr. Livy Ijamala, has died from Lassa Fever, bringing to three the number of people killed by the disease in the state.

Chairman of the state branch of Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, Dr. Furo Green, disclosed this yesterday in Port Harcourt.

According to Green, the late doctor, who died in the early hours of yesterday from the ailment, had contact with patients infected with Lassa Fever.

Ijamala had since been buried in line with recommendations of World Health Organization (WHO) for deaths from contagious diseases.

“Last night, one of our hard-working doctors in the department of obstetrics gynaecology, Dr. Livy Ijamala, lost his life following infection with Lassa Fever.

“This is the price medical doctors and health personnel pay for offering health services to the public.

“The hospital is being decontaminated as we speak. All medical doctors and healthcare personnel that had primary contact with the late medical doctor have been placed under observation,” Green said.

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