By NWOGHA ANDY NDUBUSI, Abakaliki
Seven persons on Tuesday 6th November, 2018 were confirmed dead in the recent lassa fever outbreak in Izzi LGA of Ebonyi State.
It was gathered that those affected by the disease at first were treated in ignorance of the cause until some medical experts visited the area where those ill but still alive were tested and confirmed positive.
It was also learnt that many people have been killed due to poor handling of the disease since last month when it broke out.
The families that were affected are: Nwamfu, Ibaba Nwalegu, Jeremiah Nworie Ishi, Nwibo Nweche and Simon Elom, all from Onueyim Agbaja, Ndeawala/Ndienyi Agbaja in Izzi respectively.
During an interview with Mr Mbam Mathew, lab scientist, MB Chemical Laboratory, mile 50, he hinted that it has been up to a month ago when deadly disease had rampaged Agbaja community but was not noticed on time until few days ago.
Mr. Mathew told us that seven persons have been buried last month in same community which three are from Ndeawala, another three from Onueyim agbaja and one person from Ndienyi agbaja numbering six female and one male child.
He said that the State Epidemiology Unit came and collected some samples in the community and referred most of the patients who were still unconscious to Federal Teaching Hospital Virology Center, Abakaliki and some other researchers who visited the area confirmed that it was lassa fever and collected samples to develop vaccine for it.
He further said that when medical experts visited the place they discarded that it was lassa fever as they cautioned them not to tell anybody of the killer disease, maintaining that the villagers still fear as they live in mercy of God as well, they should bury the person immediately without hesitating to know what happened.
Mr. Mathew also said that until now, people still do not believe it was lassa fever even after it has been confirmed and pleaded that government should come to their rescue before the whole community is wiped away by the disease as it is still rampaging at Onueyim Agbaja.
Also speaking during a visit of our reporter to the affected area, an elderly man from the village who pleaded anonymity, called on non governmental organizations and all concerned Ebonyians to come to their rescue as it has been every week burial in the community.