The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH), Dr Ishaya Pam, has disclosed that over 5000 people die of the dreaded Lassa fever disease yearly. This was just as he said that 500,000 persons were still living with the disease in the country.
Dr. Pam made the disclosure at a sensitisation workshop on Lassa fever for health care workers, professionals and state ministry of health staff in Jos, the Plateau State capital, yesterday.
Represented by Professor Chika Ogbonna, the CMD described the disease as deadly and said that the patient experiences symptoms two to three weeks after contacting the disease.
According to him, Lassa fever is a deadly disease that can be gotten through rats and added that if not properly checked it could snowball into epidemic.
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