By Oswald Agwu 

Ebonyi State government has ordered the immediate closure of St. Vincent Hospital, Ndubia, Igbeagu in Izzi local government area following the death of one Ephraim Ogaranya over suspected Lassa Fever infection.


Ogaranya, who said to have been admitted with his sibling, Uchechi Ogaranya at the hospital few days back, died suddenly while manifesting symptoms of the haemorrhagic fever. 

At the time of this report,  Uchechi had been transferred to the South East Virology center in Abakaliki for further diagnosis and treatment.

Governor David Umahi who gave the immediate shut down order on the hospital, also directed that all the patients and staff of the said hospital should submit themselves to the virology center at Abakaliki for proper medical examination.

Governor Umahi’s Special Assistant on Media, Mr Francis Nwaze, in an issued Statement noted that the Governor has placed precautionary measures on further escalation of the outbreak.

Governor Umahi

Part of the statement read: “The Governor directed that all the family members and close relatives of the above be quarantined at the South East Virology Center, Abakaliki for comprehensive medical examination.

“Also, Governor Umahi has directed that the Ministry of Health under the watch of the Commissioner for Health in conjunction with the Staff of Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki to immediately address all issues relating to the lassa fever outbreak including comprehensive examination of all suspects and clean up of St. Vincent Hospital. 

“Place precautionary announcement in all media houses in the state on preventive measures of Lassa Fever.”

According to the statement, the Governor  further directed that the reports of the progress of the actions on the above directives should  be updated to him  every two hours.

St. Vincent Hospital, Igbeagu is a popular Roman Catholic Mission hospital in the state renowned for offering affordable and quality medical care to people across and beyond the State, especially rural dwellers and low income earners. 

For over eight years now, Lassa Fever had always wrecked havoc around this season in the State. 

Governor David Umahi, following his construction and equipping of the Virology Centre, later taken over by the federal government, had drastically reduced fatalities arising from the yearly outbreak

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