Kogi secondary school girl died of lassa fever
The 18-year-old young lady, Miss Aisha Jimoh, who was reported to have contracted the dreaded Lassa fever has been confirmed dead.
Mr. Asipita Jimoh, a brother to the deceased disclosed this to newsmen in Lokoja, he said Aisha passed on in the early hours of Monday at the Irua General Hospital in Edo, where she was rushed to.
Asipita said his family was contacted on the development, shortly after Aisha, a student of the Muslim Community Secondary School, Lokoja, gave up the ghost.
Asipita who spoke to pressmen at his family house at Gadumo Layout in Lokoja, said that Aisha’s sickness started about five days ago.
He said that the deceased was taken to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Lokoja from where she was transferred to the General Hospital in Lokoja.
“We lost our parents about two years ago and we have lost our sister again,” Asipita cried.
He said that other members of the Jimoh family would need medical assistance to stop the spread of the disease.
Authorities at FMC Lokoja, had on Sept. 3, suspected that Aisha might have been suffering from Lassa fever and had consequently referred her to the General Hospital, Irua for confirmatory test and treatment.
The Kogi Commissioner for Health, Dr. Saka Audu, later told newsmen that Aisha had tested positive to Lassa fever.
Audu said the State Government was working on tracking people, who might have had contact with Aisha.
On Aug. 17, the Kogi Government debunked reports of an outbreak of Lassa fever in the state.
There were reports previously of an outbreak of a strange disease in Okuran, Okoloke and Isanlu in the Yagba West Local Government Area of the state.