A female resident Pediatrician, Doctor Ndukwu Chizaram of the Federal Medical Centre Umuahia, the Abia state capital, has been confirmed dead as a result of Lassa fever at Irrua Specialist Hospital, after few days of admission.
“The resident doctor was a new registrar in the paediatrics department. She treated a child at the children emergency ward and we are suspecting she got infected there.”
Also speaking, another source said the doctor started working at the hospital barely one month before the incident, adding that she fell sick and was admitted to the Slessor Private ward of FMC between March 29 and 30. She was transferred to Irua where the diagnosis was confirmed. She allegedly died on Saturday after admission.
“Contact tracing and risk stratification are on. The hospital’s response team has been deployed.
“The doctors, we learnt, are not happy with the development, and are calling on the management to do something about their safety at work or they may be forced to stop work until their safety is guaranteed,” another source said.