Idowu Victor Ahmed, the young medical doctor with the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja, Kogi State, who died of Lassa Fever on Sunday night after contracting the disease from a seven-month-old baby he attended to in the hospital thought he was having malaria fever, his Facebook post indicated.
” Malaria, a grossly underrated disease, is a terrible bitch! She stealthily comes and messes you up at evening or night, then pretentiously gives you some peace. As if it’s all over. For where? Little peace, only for the daytime. The night cometh when son of man shall have no peace again.
“It then becomes difficult for people to believe you’re sick; much easier to think you’re malingering. Next evening – bitch whops your sorry ass. And the evil continues. God helps you you attack with a reliable drug,” the 30-year-old had posted on his Facebook page on January 6, apparently referring to his health situation.
The sudden demise of the Kogi-born doctor has made his distraught friend on Facebook, Mustapha Suleiman Itopa to decipher his post.
“Never knew the fever was not of the plasmodium falciparum rather that of a deadly viral haemorrhagic fever. What a life!!!!!!!! Rest on brother!!,” Itopa wrote in a tribute to the deceased.
Another, Moses Adaudi, posted: “So sad that this happened to be your last post. What a painful loss!!! RIP bro.”
Others touching tributes have been pouring in for the late young doctor whose patient, the seven months old Lassa fever victim had died on Friday, January 19.
A Facebook user, Rhema Mercy apparently referred to Late Dr. Ahmed as her mentor. She wrote: “I will never believe dat the man who ask me to go through dis line of study is no more to witness how i finished. Victor remember when u came for my matric wat u said to me. wake up an celebrate with me it’s mercy.pleeeeeeeeeeeeese”
One of the deceased’s colleagues who was devastated by his death took to his twitter handle, @DebonaireDoctor, to pillory the government lamenting the neglect of the welfare of medical doctors in the country.