Panic as Lassa Fever returns, kills two doctors in Ebonyi State

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Two resident doctors have been confirmed killed by Lassa fever in Ebonyi state.

Ariom Anthony Ifeanyi, the Secretary of the Ebonyi state chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), confirmed the development on Sunday.

His words: “It’s a sad day for NMA Ebonyi state as we lose two of our members same day to Lassa fever. Dr Ali Felix had just been laid to rest when we were struck by another bad news of Dr Udor Abel, of ENT department, FETHA.”

The death was confirmed in a terse statement by the National Association of Resident Doctors, NARD.

The statement was signed by NARD secretary, Dr. O.V Nnadi.

It read: “The President of NARD Dr Ugochukwu Chinaka and the whole NARD NEC commiserate with the President and congressmen of ARD.FETHA on the sudden loss of another of our Colleague, Dr Abel Sunday Udo, a Resident Doctor in the Department of Otorhinolayngology, FETHA, and Dr Ali Felix, a Resident Doctor in the Department of Community Medicine,FETHA.

‎On the part of Udo, the statement said “he died about 4hrs ago after a tonsillectomy on a lassa fever patient.

“The House Officer and the nurse that joined him in the surgery are presently on their way to Irrua Specialist Hospital, Irrua.”

‎Ali, the NARD spokesman said “died in the early hours of this morning at Irrua Specialist Hospital, Irrua where he was being managed for complications from Lassa fever.

When DAILY POST contacted NARD National President, Dr. Chinaka Ugochukwu he confirmed the deaths.

“Yes, there are reports to that effect”, he said.

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