There has been yet another casualty in the ongoing fight against Lassa fever as Idowu Ahmad, a medical doctor at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Lokoja, Kogi state, has passed away.
Ahmad was reported to have come in contact with the virus in the line of duty and was transferred to Irrua, Edo state, for treatment.
Ahmad died in Edo state on Sunday.
“He died today. Lassa fever took him. He just secured placement for housemanship at Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja,” a source told The Cable.
On Saturday, Olatunde Alabi, medical director of FMC, Lokoja, had told reporters that the male doctor was diagnosed with the disease on January 19.
He said the victim’s blood sample was sent to the Federal Medical Centre, Irrua, for laboratory analysis, adding that it tested positive.
Alabi had said the 30-year-old doctor was in the early hours of Saturday taken to Irrua for further treatment.
He said all the people who came in contact with the sick doctor, both at home and work, had been placed under surveillance.
Alabi said the centre in partnership with relevant stakeholders had commenced contact tracing to enable it get the source of the disease and ascertain if there was any other victim within the community where the doctor resides.
He said the centre would also embark on health education for its members of staff to prevent human to human transmission of the disease.
The medical expert urged members of the public to endeavour to report cases of fever early to the nearest health facility.
Last week, Lassa fever killed two doctors in Ebonyi state. It also infected a doctor and nurse in Nasarawa.