By Ononye VC
A Medical Doctor working with the World Health Organization, WHO, office in Makurdi, Dr Samuel Nyityo and two others have reportedly died of Lassa Fever in the state.
However, the Benue State Commissioner for Health and Human Service, Dr Joseph Ngbea who confirmed the outbreak of the disease and the death of the Medical Doctor explained that the state had recorded one death while two others were receiving treatment in Makurdi and at Irrua, Edo state.
Meanwhile, the death of Dr Nyityo and the two others was earlier made known Monday by his colleague, name withheld, who claimed he treated two of the deceased patients and currently isolating and taking medication to prevent the disease.
According to the Doctor, “we lost a colleague, Dr Samuel Nyityo on January 9, 2022. I lost two patients last week, one ate a rat and took ill. I am currently taking prophylaxis(ribavirin) and isolating because I nursed two out of the three people who died,” he said.
When contacted, the Benue state Commissioner for Health and Human Service said “only Dr Nyityo died. Nobody is in a critical position; the other person is in a stable condition.”
The Commissioner said that the state government was doing its best to contain the disease saying before the diagnosis of the disease, Governor Samuel Ortom through the Ministry had released money to ensure that it was contained.