33-year-old doctor in Taraba dies of Lassa
fever due to the absence of a specific dialysis machine
Dr. Ameh Sunday Eneojo, a medical doctor in the state of Taraba, died of renal complications due to the Lassa fever he contracted while treating infected patients.
Gabriel Ahmed, State President of the Association of Resident Doctors, who revealed this to newsmen on Monday, February 22, said that Sunday’s death occurred during the time when resident doctors were on strike in the state.
“The association lost one of our dear colleague, in person of Dr Ameh Eneojo Sunday to COVID-19 and Lassa fever. He died from renal complications on February 5, 2021 while on transit after being referred to IRRUA specialist hospital, Edo state for further treatment due to lack of Lassa fever specific dialysis machine within the state,” said Ahmed.
This further reiterates the need for an infectious disease center, especially a diagnostic and treatment center for Lassa fever disease in the state of Taraba, where this disease is endemic and has claimed a lot of life for health care workers and the community.
“We call on the health sector friendly governor to help us facilitate the installation and activation of the NEDC donated PCR machine molecular laboratory at the Taraba State Specialist Hospital for the rapid diagnosis of Lassa fever and to donate a specific dialysis machine for the treatment of Lassa fever at the State Specialist Hospital,” he added.
By naming the Lassa fever diagnosis and treatment centre after him, he also called for the immortalization of the deceased doctor.