Two patients have died of Lassa fever at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, Lagos, the Chief Medical Director, Prof. Chris Bode, confirmed on Tuesday.
The confirmation comes 48 hours after BreezeReporters broke the news in an exclusive story on Sunday.
BreezeReporters‘ investigative journalist, Adeyemi Olalemi had reported that a pregnant woman was rushed to the teaching hospital but died on the 18th of July, 2017 following severe bleeding.
The CMD confirmed this report, saying, the first case was detected in a 39-year-old pregnant woman who had a bleeding disorder following a still birth, while the second victim died within a few days of being admitted to the hospital.
He stated that a resident doctor who took part in the autopsy of one of the deceased was infected.
He said that the doctor was receiving treatment at the Isolation Ward in LUTH.
Bode noted that two suspected cases were being followed up.
The hospital’s management explained that 100 hospital workers who had contact with the index patients were being monitored for the symptoms of the disease.
“Each of these two patients presented very late and died in spite of efforts to save them. Post-mortem examination had been conducted before Lassa fever status was eventually suspected and confirmed, He said.
“No less than 100 different hospital workers exposed to the index case are currently being monitored. A resident doctor who took part in the autopsy has been confirmed with the disease and is currently on admission.”
Although sources within the hospital have told BreezeReporters that staff have not been adequately catered for following the outbreak, but the CMD, however, urged patients and health workers at the teaching hospital not to panic as, noting that there are relevant drugs and resources to prevent an outbreak or spread of the disease within the health facility.
He said the state Ministry of Health and the Federal Ministry of Health had sent personnel and experts to assist with the tracing and follow-up of contacts in addition to managing suspected cases.