Corps Doctor, Nurse Die of Suspected Lassa Fever in Southern Kaduna
A 2015 Batch ‘A’ corps doctor, KELECHI OGBOJI, and a nurse died of suspected Lassa Fever in Zonkwa, Southern Kaduna.
Kelechi, who until his demise, was a Batch ‘A’ serving corps member at St. Louis Hospital Zonkwa, the headquarters of Zangon-Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State, was scheduled to pass out on the 24th of March, 2016, based on the recently modified NYSC schedule of events.
The young, vibrant and hardworking Ebony State University (EBSU) trained medical doctor who did his housemanship at FMC Abeokuta was said to have attended to a very sick patient rushed into their facility on account of high grade fever, vomiting, diarrhoea, weakness amid other symptoms.
They cautiously resuscitated the patient and referred him to Jos as they obviously suspected Lassa fever.
Few days later, the doctor and his nurse both fell ill with high fever and similar symptoms, and were admitted in the same hospital on Tuesday 16th February, 2016.
Dr Kelechi died on Friday 19th, 2016 while the nurse died a day before him, February 18th.
Details of what they were being treated for while on admission still unknown and it appears the appropriate bodies are yet to make urgent probe into this unfortunate incidence and/or yet to make a formal statement.
Consequently, a call has been made on the management of St Louis Hospital Zonkwa, Kaduna State Ministry of Health, National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) State Coordinator and the Director General, Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), the Federal Government and all relevant agencies to urgently investigate their death in order to make contact tracing, forestall further spread and prevent unnecessary death of medical personnel.