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50 persons killed by Lassa fever in Ondo state

Amadin Ogbewe

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50 persons have reportedly been killed by Lassa fever in Ondo state causing mild panic in residents. 

According to Sources at the Federal Medical Center, FMC, Owo, the state government is not doing enough to curb the spread of the disease.

A medical practitioner at the health facility  revealed that they are maxed out on resources as they have run out of space at the isolation ward where these patients are being treated.

Pleading anonymity, the source also revealed how a Lassa Fever patient “mysteriously” disappeared from the hospital.

She blamed the incident on the negligence of some of her colleagues.

“What we currently facing, is quite beyond what anyone would ever imagine.

“Almost all the patients in the isolation ward are those that have contracted Lassa fever and most of the reported cases are from the border communities within Ose Local Government area of the state.

“It’s quite sad how the state government is not even attending to the situation.

“Citizens are dying from preventable disease, but the government is not showing any concern at all.”

The Nation had reported that the State Commissioner Of Health, Dr Wahab Adegbenro, had said a combined effort amongst stakeholders was the only way to successfully curb the spread of the disease as he said the Government could not do it alone. 

He revealed that it cost about N1.2m to treat one Lassa patient, which was far too high for the state to afford considering the number of people infected

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