Fear, Panic Grip Medical Personnel Of Specialist Hospital In Rivers As Senior Doctor Dies Of Lassa Fever

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Dr. Levi Njamala, a medical doctor in Braithwaite Memorial
Specialist Hospital in Port Harcourt has died after contracting Lassa fever
from a female patient he conducted a caesarean operation on at the emergency
unit of the hospital.
Panic has since gripped doctors, nurses, medical personnel
and patients of the Hospital, located at old GRA, Port Harcourt, following the
death of the senior doctor.
There are fears that other doctors, nurses and other
medicare providers in the emergency unit who had first contact with the patient
on emergency in the hospital may have all contracted the highly contagious
viral disease.

Dr Levi Njamala of the Department of Obstetrics and
Gynecology who took ill after the CS operation did not suspect he had
contracted the deadly virus, until his fellow doctors tested him for Lassa
fever virus which turned out positive. The Hospital authorities decided to take
samples for further analysis to a Specialist Hospital for the treatment of
Lassa fever virus in Irrua, Edo state. But before that could happen the doctor had
died.
In the aftermath of Njamala’s death, patients and medical
personnel of the hospital were hurriedly being discharged under the supervision
of officials of the World Health Organization, Rivers State Ministry of Health
and Federal Ministry of Health. Efforts have being made to quarantine those
that had contact with Dr Levi Njamala. Medical services have also been
temporarily suspended at the hospital due to the Lassa fever virus scare.

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