We Are Not Infected With Lassa Fever – Victim’s family


The family of late Mrs. Rasheedat Mohammed, who was reportedly killed by Lassa Fever a few weeks ago, has said no relative of the deceased was infected with the deadly disease.

PUNCH Metro had reported that Mohammed, a member of staff of the Kidney Care Centre in Ondo State, allegedly died of Lassa fever.

The incident almost caused crisis between the workers of the KCC and the management as the employees alleged that the management did not take a proactive measure against the spread of the disease among staff.

A member of the Mohammed’s family, who identified himself as Adesina Mudashiru, said the deceased went to Port Harcourt, Rivers State, to see some members of her family prior to her death, adding that she did not contact the disease there.

He said, “The woman (deceased) went to Port Harcourt to visit her husband; she spent two days there. She did not treat anybody there and no relative was infected or died of Lassa fever. Her husband and the children have been tested by the WHO (World Health Organisation) and they are all okay.

“None of the relatives died of Lassa fever before and after her death,” he added.

Meanwhile, it was gathered that since it had been confirmed that the result of a blood sample of the deceased tested positive for Lassa fever, the management of the Kidney Care Centre had placed other members of staff of the centre on surveillance, while thermometers had been given to each of them to test their temperature on a daily basis.

A worker, who declined to be identified, said, “The management called a meeting with staff and confirmed that the woman died of Lassa fever.

“Everyone, especially those at the ward of the KCC, was given a thermometer to test their temperature.

“They advised that anybody who discovered that his or her temperature was getting too high should quickly report to the management for proper care.”


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