NYSC doctor, nurse feared dead of Lassa fever

Brig-gen J.B. Olawumi, DG of NYSC

Brig-gen J.B. Olawumi, DG of NYSC

Two members of the 2015 Batch A of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), serving in Zonkwa, Kaduna State have been reported dead, allegedly from Lassa fever.


The serving corper, Dr Kelechi Ogboji, until his demise was serving at St Louis Hospital Zonkwa Local Government Area of the state.

The young, vibrant and hardworking Ebony State University (EBSU) trained medical doctor, who did Houseman-ship at the Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta, was  said to have attended to a very sick patient, who was rushed into their facility on account of high grade fever, vomiting, diarrhoea, weakness among other symptoms.

The cautiously resuscitated the patient and referred to Jos as they obviously suspected Lassa fever.

LassaFew days later, the doctor and his nurse, both fell ill with high fever and similar symptoms and were admitted in the same  hospital on Tuesday, Feb. 16.

While the nurse, whose name could not be immediately ascertained, died on Feb. 18 Kelechi also died the following day, Friday, Feb. 19.

Details of what they were being treated for while on admission still unknown as it appears the appropriate bodies are yet to make urgent probe into this unfortunate incidence and yet to make a formal statement.

A corps member, who pleaded anonymity, called on the management of the St Louis Hospital Zonkwa, Kaduna State Ministry of Health, National Youths service corps (NYSC) management, the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), and all other relevant agencies to urgently investigate the death.

“This is necessary in order to make contact tracing, forestall further spread and prevent unnecessary death of medical personnel.

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“Their deaths cannot be swept under the carpet lest more people will continue to die ‘unnecessarily’ .

“Drastic efforts must have to be employed by the government and relevant bodies to seriously curb the menace of this dreaded viral haemorrhagic disease Lassa fever,” the corps member said.

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