Metro Corps Member Dies of Lassa Fever in Cross River



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Panic in Obubra local government area of Cross River State following the death of a National Youth Service Corps member who was serving in the area.

The Corps member, Onwuegbuzie Stanley Samuel was serving in Community Secondary School, Ofodua in Obubra.

It was gathered that the late corps member fell ill of the disease and was taken to the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH) where he died around 8pm on Friday.

Director General of the Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Betta Edu, who confirmed the unfortunate incident, said the situation was under control.


“Unfortunately somebody died Friday. A corps member serving in Obubra. He got Lassa fever and was rushed to the teaching hospital in Calabar and he died there around 8pm. What we are essentially doing now is to see how we can reduce that panic, educate the people and send health workers to the community to do more of sensitization so that people would know what the disease is and how they can prevent it,” Edu said.

Principal of the school where the Corps member worked, Mr Umenyi Igiri said, “He took ill on the 1st of May. He was feeling feverish. He went to a clinic where he was given drugs. The drugs they gave him there seemed to relieve him. Towards the end of last week, on Saturday precisely it became very serious. He was admitted to a private clinic and when it got worse he was transferred to the General Hospital in Obubra on Sunday night. Again they could not manage the situation and he was referred to Calabar. I arranged for a chartered vehicle that drove him to Calabar on Monday. It was there he died.”

sandra Chinasa

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What a world! What is the FG doing about this Lassa fever of a thing? Am pretty sure there are cases that they don't report. The previous government tackled the case of Ebola immediately but am yet to see the efforts of this present government in curbing the case of this Lassa fever