Umahi directs closure of hospital over Lassa fever outbreak

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Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, has directed the immediate closure of a hospital where patients are being treated for Lassa Fever.

This comes after the suspected outbreak of Lassa Fever in Igbeagu community in Izzi local government area of Ebonyi state.

According to a statement by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media, Francis Nweze, Umahi also “directed that all the family members and close relatives of the hospital be quarantined at the South East Virology Center, Abakaliki for comprehensive medical examination.”

Read the statement below:

“Following the suspected outbreak of Lassa Fever at St. Vincent Hospital, Igbeagu, Izzi LGA, Ebonyi State, the Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. David Nweze Umahi has directed the closure of the hospital with immediate effect and all the patients and staff of the said hospital are to submit themselves to the virology center at Abakaliki for comprehensive medical examination.

“Furthermore, the Governor directed that all the family members and close relatives of the above be quarantined at the South East Virology Center, Abakaliki for comprehensive medical examination.

“Also, Governor Umahi has directed that the Ministry of Health under the watch of the Commissioner for Health in conjunction with the Staff of Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki to immediately address all issues relating to the lassa fever outbreak including comprehensive examination of all suspects and clean up of St. Vincent Hospital. Place precautionary Announcement in all media houses in the state on preventive measures of Lassa Fever.

“The Governor expects that reports of the progress of the actions of the above directives get to him every two hours.”




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