From Abel Abogonye, Lafia

The Dalhatu Arafat Specialist hospital (DASH) in Lafia, Nasarawa State has lost two senior consultant Gynecologists to lassa fever.

The two consultants contracted the disease during an emergency caesarian operation conducted on a woman who was admitted into the hospital bleeding but unknown to the doctors she had lassa fever.

A Source told our reporter in Lafia that the pregnant woman was rushed to the hospital over complications arising from lassa fever but unknown to the medical experts they attended to her believing it was pregnancy related complications.

The woman died some hours after the surgery while the baby also died not quite long after the death of the mother.

Meanwhile the test result later showed she had lassa fever which actually led to complications that resulted in premature labor necessitating her being rushed to the hospital on emergency

The source disclosed further that one of the doctors who performed the operation died last week and the test result confirmed that he was killed by lassa fever.

Sadly yesterday, the second Doctor who took part in the operation also died of lassa fever.

The public relation officer of the hospital, Mrs. Ruth Namo confirmed that the two gynecologists died of lassa fever.
It would be recalled that the ministry of health last week declared that lassa fever outbreak was imminent in the state with two reported cases.

The state ministry of health had earlier issued warning to residents to keep their food stuffs and any contact away from rodents, and maintain good hygiene lifestyle to avoid contacting lassa fever.

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