A student nurse that contacted Lassa fever has been discharged from the Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido Ekiti, Ondo State, where she had received treatment.
The management of the hospital on Monday presented a nurse, Mrs. Adejoke Awotona, and her team with certificates of excellence in service for the feat.
The Chief Medical Director, Dr. Lawrence Ayodele, while addressing journalists said that doctors who failed to join the medical team that treated the victim would be sanctioned for alleged professional misconduct.
The 19-year-old student of the FETHI’s School of Nursing was rushed to the hospital a couple of weeks ago, having contracted Lassa fever.
Ayodele said, “This student nurse was rushed into this hospital with high fever, bleeding from orifices. We wanted to reject her because we don’t have the medical kits to undertake treatment here. But because we heeded the minister’s directive not to dismiss any Lassa fever patient, we immediately swung into action.
“Today, we have recorded a success story. The lady has tested negative for the virus and she has been discharged. We were able to achieve this feat because of the determination of our nurses and doctors.”
He pleaded with the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, to reward the medical personnel.
“For anybody to lay down his life in spite of the poor facilities to treat the infection here, he deserves to be compensated, even if it is just a presidential handshake,” Ayodele added.
Meanwhile, the University of Benin, Edo State, on Monday dismissed speculation that the deadly Lassa fever had claimed the life of one of its students.
The university’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Michael Osasuyi, disclosed this to The PUNCH on the telephone.
There had been widespread rumours that a final-year student of engineering reportedly died recently after being infected by the virus.
The student was said to be residing in Hall Three, one of the hostels in the Ugbowo campus of the university.
But Osasuyi explained that the institution had no record of such an incident at the university medical centre.
He said, “They just said that a girl was brought in and then, because of the symptoms they saw, they tested her and discovered that it was not Lassa fever.
“The other rumour making the rounds is that a final-year student of engineering contracted Lassa virus and died, that the person was staying in Hall Three. And there was nothing like that.” (Punchng)
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