The Enugu State Government on Monday verified the death of one person from Lassa fever in a health facility within Enugu metropolis.
Dr. Ifeanyi Agujiobi, the Permanent Secretary of Enugu state Ministry of Health, confirmed to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu.
He said that the health providers at the health facility did their best to save the patient but lost him despite the effort
He mentioned that it was only one person, whose case was confirmed by Lassa fever test center that died in the state.
He said the state has had no other suspected or confirmed case of Lassa fever.
The permanent secretary said that the ministry has deployed a team of health epidemiology officials to commence massive contact-tracing even up to the customers where the deceased patient sources his food.
“We have already done massive deployment of experts in epidemiology and other health professionals to start contact-tracing of the doctors, nurses and other health workers in the hospital that attended to the patient.
“The ministry will take the contact-tracing to the family members and friends as well as even the food vendors patronized by the deceased,’’ he said.
Agujiobi noted that the state would also commence a massive sensitization against the disease in local media using native languages.