The Nigerian Medical Association of Oyo State, said it had lost two members in 72 hours to Lasa fever.

NMA President in Oyo, Dr. Ayotunde Fasunla announced this in a statement on Thursday in Ibadan.

Fasunla said, “It is with deep regret and sadness that the NMA announces that two members have died from Lassa fever.

“Tragic death occurred within 72 hours. It has been a very sad week and our eyes are still full of tears.

“I think COVID-19 is the worst, but now we are facing another attack on the Lassa fever outbreak

“We are also concerned about other medical professionals who unknowingly came into contact with patients. If symptoms of viral hemorrhagic fever appear, it is recommended to isolate and report.

He said the body had also instructed its members to be cautious and vigilant at all times.

“Not only for the sake of their health and safety but also in the interest of the patients and public health.

“Members, especially the frontline doctors and other health workers, must wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment at all times.

“We appeal to the management of health institutions in the state to make PPEs readily available, as well as soap and running water for handwashing immediately after attending to patients.

“This is to protect our members and other healthcare workers from contracting transmissible infections.

“We commiserate with the families of our colleagues who lost their lives in the course of performing their professional duties to the service of humanity. May their gentle soul rest in peace,” Fasunla said

Source: NAN