The Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) is presently battling to contain an outbreak of the dreaded Lassa fever; after two cases of the disease were confirmed in the University’s Teaching Hospital (OAUTH) on Friday. 1st News can exclusively report that one of the cases was confirmed at the Wesley Guild Hospital; while the other was detected at the Ife Hospital Unit (IHU).
However, one of the patients, specifically the case confirmed at IHU, has absconded from the hospital; spreading panic and fear throughout the University community.
Further, 1st News can report that a number of health workers at the Wesley Guild Hospital, Ilesha, came in contact with the infected patient. All of them have been placed under surveillance. This was disclosed by a medical doctor attached to OAUTH, Dr. Omoniyi Ayooluwa.
Further, the medical practitioner revealed that the patient who escaped was the case identified at IHU.
‘‘The IHU case was said to have sneaked out of where she was kept at the Accident and Emergency. Efforts are ongoing to locate her and bring her in for treatment and also reduce the number of people she will have contact with.’’
Details of the potentially dangerous situation reveals that the infected patient had sought to be discharged. However, her request was denied. Subsequently, her relatives who were with her became aggressive. She later disguised her way out of the hospital.
‘‘The confirmed patient in Ife requested for discharge against medical advice under a questionable circumstance before the result came out. Her request was declined by the health team based on the nature of her illness. But her relations became aggressive and violent.
Manhunt set up for Lassa fever patient who absconded
‘‘The hospital security were able to curtail the situation before she later disguised out of the hospital while leaving her belongings behind. This is being looked into by the management. The local team has been on her trail since yesterday,” the source disclosed.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) disclosed on Saturday January 25, 2020 that; 29 deaths and 195 confirmed cases of Lassa fever had been reported in 11 states of the federation.
Specifically, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director General, NCDC who disclosed this in a statement in Abuja; explained that the current figures on Lassa Fever were as at Friday, Jan. 24.
Further, Ihekweazu, said out of the confirmed cases, 89 per cent were from Ondo, Edo and Ebonyi States.