Just as the management of Lagos University Teaching Hospital thinks the worse about the Lassa Fever outbreak was being overcome, another female doctor has tested positive.
In a statement signed by the hospital’s Chief Medical Director, Professor Chris Bode, the management noted “the new case was identified yesterday from among the doctors that first had close contact with the index case and she has already commenced treatment and is expected to recover fully very soon”.
According to Prof. Bode, “Psychological and other supports have also been provided and her family contacts are closely monitored”.
The CMD disclosed also that the three doctors who were earlier diagnosed positive after treating two fatal cases of Lassa Fever have presently tested negative after treatment and are no longer under watch.
He noted that the three doctors have all been certified fit and discharged home because subsequent repeated tests on them showed they have now tested negative for Lassa and no longer harbor the disease.
Also, 70 of the 135 contacts that were being monitored by the hospital have also been let off, having completed their period of observation.
In a related development, the management have organised continuous medical training \nd grand round for Over 400 staff on Viral Hemorrhagic Fever where various aspects of this contagious ailment were discussed.
The importance of a high index of suspicion, early diagnosis and referral were highlighted to medical workers who were also enjoined to observe universal precautions while attending to any patient who may be suspected of having Lassa fever.
There is a fully equipped response squad available round the clock to assess and take over the management of any suspected cases in LUTH, said Prof. Bode
He added that various meetings have been heive kits ld with doctors and other members of staff to reinforce the health messages while trainings have also been conducted and are ongoing for staff at the forefront of patients’ care.
He said the hospital has received the provision of more treatment drugs for Lassa fever as well as protective from both the Federal Ministry of Health and the Lagos State Ministry of Health.
Free hand sanitizers have been deployed to various wards just as an NGO (Ebola Containment Trust Fund) has provided 10 telephones and airtime for the use of our Lassa Fever Response Team in LUTH.
The team, according to Prof Bode, ” has been beefed up by several volunteer staff who are working assiduously to overcome this dreaded disease and we are optimistic, buoyed by the successful discharge of those three doctors who had earlier tested positive”,he said.
The hospital has equally established an internal enquiry to audit possible breaches in established service protocols and any other reasons that resulted into Hospital personnel getting infected, Bode assured.