Recall that a young medical doctor, Idowu Victor Ahmed, who worked with the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja, in the state capital, died of Lassa Fever about a month ago after contracting the disease from a seven-month-old baby he attended to in the hospital, who equally passed on.
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Saka Audu, told newsmen on Tuesday in Lokoja that the page has turned as two siblings admitted to the state health facility for Lassa Fever has been treated and discharged, for the first time in the state’s history.
Audu said, “We are very happy that the team that treated the patients was led by our own doctor in Kogi Specialist Hospital, Dr. Lanre Olosunde. They did a thorough job, we recorded 100 per cent success rate.
“You will recall that recently, we lost a medical doctor who was working with FMC, Lokoja, to Lassa fever infection.
“Also, within the same period, the diagnostic centre in Irrua, where Lassa fever cases are being handled, was filled up.
“It was upon this that Governor Yahaya Bello directed that we reactivate our isolation centre and provisions were made for those necessities in order to strengthen Kogi Ministry of Health to handle Lassa fever cases within the state.”