It was a sorrowful day for the medical profession yesterday as one of them Doctor Victor Idowu died at Irrua specialist hospital, Edo State from Lassa fever complications.

An announcement by the Nigeria Medical Association, in Kogi State yesterday said the late Idowu was diagnosed with Lassa fever on January 19, 2018, which he contracted when he was on duty.

Report says that Idowu’s death comes days after two other members of the NMA, Dr. Abel Sunday Udo, and Dr Ali Felix, both serving at the Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakiliki, Ebonyi State died of the fever on Sunday, January 14, 2018.

Udo and Felix were also reported to have contracted the disease from a patient they treated while a House Officer and a nurse that joined in treating the patient also contracted the disease and were transferred to Irrua Specialist Hospital, Irrua in critical condition where they later died.

Announcement of their deaths by the Secretary of National Association of Resident Doctors, O.V Nnadi threw other health workers in the hospital into panic, even as schools went on forced break and only resumed yesterday.


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