FG to sanction FMC Abeokuta over Lassa fever reemergence


“FMC Abeokuta’s handling of Lassa fever reemergence was unacceptable’ – health minister (@IsaacFAdewole)

The Federal Government is planning to sanction Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Abeokuta over the institution’s handling of the recent Lassa fever reemergence at the hospital that claimed the life of a female nurse working at the institution.

In an interview with Premium Times, the country’s minister of health, Prof Isaac Adewole, the hospital’s handling of the case was unacceptable and the ministry will sanction those involved.

I got angry when I saw the report. It is unacceptable. The woman was there for almost 2 weeks on admission. I could not believe it could happen in a Federal Medical Centre. Because it is a nurse, they did not think of Lassa fever. It’s madness, they treated [her]for malaria for 3 days, started giving her antibiotics, they thought it was infection, Ciprofloxacin. I read the report, I have constituted a high powered team to investigate and we will sanction them.

When healthcare professionals contract the disease, he said it becomes more serious to manage since the patients the professionals had come in contact with are at high risk.

When it affects the health care provider, its more serious, every patient that that doctor or nurse treats is at risk. That is why we are worried when it affects the healthcare provider. It also tells us that even the hospital is unsafe. How can a Federal Medical Centre, you have malaria that is not responding, the fellow was vomiting, has diarrhoea and you cannot think of Lassa fever until Saturday? They then decided to do a test and of course the woman died the second day. I got angry, I was livid with the commissioner

The minister revealed that the case is being investigated by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the ministry would be guided by the outcome of their findings.

What we will also do is to step up, to continue the surveillance, keep on making noise that once you have malaria that is not responding, you have diarrhoea and vomiting, you should think of Lassa fever or any other viral infection.



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