Rivers State Medical Doctor Dies Of Lassa Fever
A medical doctor with the Rivers State-owned Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital, Dr. Livy Ijamala, is dead.
Ijamala died of complication from Lassa fever.
This brings to three the number of people killed so far by the disease in the state.
The Chairman of the state branch of the Nigerian Medical Association, Dr. Furo Green, disclosed this on Thursday in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
Green said Ijamala, who died in the early hours of Wednesday, had contact with patients infected with Lassa fever.
Green said Ijamala had been buried in line with the recommendations of the World Health Organization for deaths from contagious diseases.
He also said a team from the WHO had already visited the hospital for assessment, adding that the hospital had been decontaminated and that those who had contacts with Ijamala had been placed on observation.
He said: “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.”