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Exclusive : LUTH, UCH clear Lassa fever  patient in Ogun


The only confirmed 22-year-old male patient simply identified as Lukman has been reportedly given a clean bill of health by the experts at Lagos stae Univeristy Teaching Hospital and Univeristy College Hospital Ibadan .

PLATFORM TIMES exclusively gathered that the series of tests  carried out at both LUTH and UCH have shown that the victim ha been healed of the dreaded fever.

Our correspondent further gathered that the patient who had been put under watch  at isolation centrre at Federal Medical Centre ,Idi-Aba ,Abeokuta having been brought by officials of Ogun State government in na critical situasion was said to be doing well.

According to a source ,the results from LUTH and UCH on the medical status of the patient have revealed that he had been healed of the fever .

Attempt to getthe reaction from the state commissioner for Health ,Babatunde Ipaye  hit the brick wall as he did not pick calls and as well refused to respond to text message sent to his mobile number .

It will be recalled that the patient was said to have been  under medical observation for alleged Lassa fever at the Ogun State General Hospital, Ijaiye, Abeokuta.

The patient was said to have returned from a trip to Lagos and came down with the symptoms.

It was  also  reported that medical personnel at the Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta  have raised the alarm over alleged shortage of  equipment ,otherwise called Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the  treatment of Lassa fever patient at the hospital's Isolation Centre.

The Chairman of  National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) at FMC,  Mrs. Yemisi Fagoyinbo told newsmen on Monday that they were running out of PPEs  claiming that the government "only supplied 60 out of 100 PPEs" requested by the hospital.

Fagoyinbo expressed displeasure that Commissioner for Health, Dr Babatunde Ipaye had not inspected the centre since the first case of Lassa fever was recorded last Friday.

In a swift reaction, Ipaye dismissed the allegation, saying Senator Ibikunle Amosun-led government had always supplied PPEs adequately to the FMC. 

The Commissioner told Vanguard on phone  that the government supplied 50 PPEs to FMC last year but no case was recorded. 

He, however, said those unused PPEs couldn't be accounted for this year by FMC medical personnel when Lassa fever broke out. 

The Enraged Commissioner hinted that he had reported the personnel to Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole and therefore threatened to shut the hospital if medical personnel wouldn't perform their duty of treating the  patients.  

Ipaye said  "I have called the CMD to warn them(medical personnel). Last year, we gave them 50 PPEs and there was no case. We asked them this year about those equipment, but they could not provide them. Each PPE costs N20,000. If they need more they should have called us. We trained them, gave them drugs and we established that Isolation Center at FMC for them. 

"I told the Minister that If they don't take care of the patient, I will lock the hospital. Though,FMC is a federal institution ,we  have no federal people ".

While reacting to the alleged insufficiency of the equipment ,Ipaye said 

"We are going to supply them with PPE. PPE is supplied when it is needed. It is their duty to take of patient. If we could give them 50 PPEs last year and there was no case and we gave them 60 this year, they should have told us that they need more.

"Hazard allowance is collected monthly as part of their monthly emolument. Whatever they do is their duty just like their colleagues that treat HIV patients."

Ipaye, however, said 30 additional PPEs have been sent to the FMC later on Monday.

On his lack of visit, he said  "Two Directors from my Ministry are there to represent me. I am the State Commissioner for Health and as I am talking to you, I am at another assignment." 

Speaking earlier, Fagoyinbo who is the leader of Medical personnel in charge of the patient, said the present equipment at the Isolation centre would not last more than a day if the government fails to send more equipments.

Fagoyinbo disclosed that the confirmed patient, who is an admission seeker at the Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Ogun State, has been responding to treatment.

"The state brought few Personal Protective Equipments (PPEs) which off course is not enough, now by the end of today we will run out of it (equipments). FMC management have been supplying all those things that we need. Let me tell you it is a collaborative efforts but I stand to say that by now Ogun State should have a designated centre for managing diseases of any kind. FMC is just being magnanimous because they are equal to the task.

"We need their support and their presence. We need the Commissioner to come see things himself, since patient has been here, we have not seen him."



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