Lassa Fever Fear Grips FMC, Umuahia

Nnaya Eziyi, Omaha



Fears griped the Federal Medical Centre (Umuahia), after a suspected Lassa Fever patient was said to have died less than 24 hours of his admission into one of the wards last Friday.

Reports said a reliable source at the centre said that the patient died while the medical staff were making arrangements to establish his identity and to conduct the necessary tests on him.

The source, who pleaded anonymity, was quoted as saying the deceased, who appeared to be in his late-forties was said to have been from one of the local government areas in one of the neighbouring states.

He said, “He said there was panic in and around the centre as both patients and their relatives were seen leaving in droves, while the staff restricted their movements to their offices and ward.”

But in a swift reaction, the Public Relations Officer (PRO), of the centre, Mr. Darlington Madubuko, denied the report, adding that it could have originated from the imagination of its author.

When contacted over the report over the telephone, Abia State Commissioner for Health, Dr. John Ahukanna, said he was unaware of the report, promising to get back to our correspondent latter.

As at press time, there was normal activities across the centre, as one of the patients, a tricyle operator, who gave his name as Maduabuchi Ebere, also denied the report, ” There was no such thing.”