Lassa Fever Claims Medical Doctor, 1 Other In Zaria

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By; SANI ALIYU, Zaria


A suspected case of Lassa Fever has claimed the lives of two persons, Dr. Abubakar Saleh Moriki and one Hamza Abubakar at Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH) Shika-Zaria and Kauran Wali Clinic in Zaria respectively.
A trusted source at  the ABUTH Shika, told our correspondent in Zaria, that Moriki died at the hospital on Monday.
According to the source,  the hospital has already liaised with the state epidemiology unit, which has the responsibility of taking the samples to Abuja for confirmation and  is awaiting the result.
Moriki was admitted at the Tudun Wada Branch of Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Zaria on Thursday, March 17 and subsequently transferred to ABUTH Shika where he died on Monday March 21.   
Our correspondent also gathered that Moriki was also a consultant at Kauran Wali Clinic in Zaria, where he was suspected to have come in contact with a woman suspected to be infected with Lassa fever in the course of his official engagement.
The contact with a woman suspected to be infected with Lassa fever has also led to the death of Hamza Abubakar who is also a staff of the clinic, who died on Saturday March 19.    
Moriki was buried according to Islamic rights at Dambo Cemetery, Jos Road Zaria following infectious diseases prevention protocols.
Corroborating, Dr. Hamza Ikara, Director of Disease Control,  Kaduna State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, said a medical team from the state government would liaise with the facilities over the incidence.

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