A serving NYSC member in Cross River state, identified as Onwuegbuzie Stanley Samuel has died of Lassa fever disease at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH) Calabar.
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Inyang Asibong, who disclosed this to journalists on Friday in Calabar, said that the deceased hailed from Delta and was serving in Obubra before he died.
Abisong said that the deceased was first admitted at the Ogoja General Hospital, Obubra, where he was treated for cerebral malaria for about a week. He was referred to UCTH when his condition got worse.
He was discovered to have had Lassa fever after his blood was tested at the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital in Edo state.
“The incident started about two weeks ago in Obubra and we all know that the incubation period of Lassa fever is 3-21 days.
“The deceased is an indigene of Delta State. The last time he traveled to his home in Lagos State was during the Christmas period in December 2016 and came back to Cross River in January 2017.
“The deceased was living in the corps members’ lodge in Obubra and since he came back in January, he has not left that community.
“Unfortunately, we finally lost him yesterday. Sadly, the corps member contracted the disease in Cross River,” she said.
Dr Ngim Ogbu, Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee, UCTH, said that the corps member’s death was the second recorded case of death resulting from Lassa fever in the hospital.
Ogbu said the organisation is putting in tremendous effort to ensure the disease does not spread further than it already has.
“The body of the deceased has not been sent to the mortuary, this is because we are taking measures to curb further spread of the disease”.