Ebonyi shuts down hospital, quarantines staff, patients

The outbreak of Lassa Fever has reportedly caused the death of Ephraim Ogaranya who was admitted at St Vincent Hospital, Igbeagu in Izzi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.

The victim was said to have been admitted alongside his sibling, Uchechi Ogaranya, at the hospital. After Ephraim’s death, Uchechi was transferred to the South East virology center in Abakaliki for further treatment.

The two siblings were suspected to be infected by the Lassa Fever.

In his reaction, the Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, ordered that St Vincent hospital be shut down with immediate effect.

The governor also directed that all the patients and staff of the said hospital are to submit themselves to the virology center at Abakaliki for comprehensive medical examination.

In a statement issued by…

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