Lassa fever: The role of LUTH in saving lives

The Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH has reportedly discharged 150 of its personnel placed under surveillance for Lassa fever following an outbreak that left two persons dead and five doctors infected.

As at the time of this writeup, about 40 of those exposed to the infected cases are still being monitored in the hospital.

 The other five infected doctors have been successfully treated and discharged. That was seven days ago, when the last doctor was discharged.

With the collaboration and support of the national Centre for Disease Control, CDC, the Lagos State Ministry of Health and the Federal Ministry of Health, the contributions from Ebola Containment Trust Fund, the five were all treated successfully and over 150 personnel have completed their surveillance (monitoring).

All volunteers including nurses, doctors, laboratory staff and other support staff were commended for selflessly dedicating themselves caring for the patients.

Nigerians are hereby advised to maintain good personal and environmental hygiene as well as eliminate rats in their homes.

Four weeks ago, two patients were admitted at the LUTH – one, a young lady who had just lost a pregnancy in the course of her acute illness and was treated in LUTH for 12 hours of her life.

The other was a young man who had sickle cell disease and what was initially thought to be a simple febrile illness. He was taken to LUTH in a poor state and died within 48 hours.

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