3 doctors who died treating Lassa fever patients get posthumous awards | Dailytrust

3 doctors who died treating Lassa fever patients get posthumous awards

Dr Nwaru Victor and Dr Esa Oga, Consultant gynaecologists both working with Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital (DASH) Lafia died after performing surgery on a suspected lassa fever patient
Dr Nwaru Victor and Dr Esa Oga, Consultant gynaecologists both working with Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital (DASH) Lafia died after performing surgery on a suspected lassa fever patient

Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital Lafia (DASH), on Monday, said it has given posthumous awards to three medical doctors who lost their lives while trying to save Lassa fever patients at the hospital.

Those doctors that lost their lives are Dr Ochapa Ogah, Dr Victor Mbanefo Nwatu and Nurse Ibrahim Oshafu.

It said 48 other medical personnel were rewarded for their doggedness in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic across the state.

Chief Medical Director, Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital Lafia, Dr Hassan Ikrama, stated this during the award ceremony to reward members of staff of the hospital who worked hard.

Ikrama explained that the award became important due to the hard work, self-determination in saving lives during the COVID-19 and Lassa fever outbreak in the 13 local government areas of the state as a way of motivating them.

He also revealed that the hospital had lost no fewer than 22 medical doctors in the last five months to brain drain.

According to him, the doctors left for Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom and some within the country.

“One of the major problems confronting the hospital now is brain drain.

“It used to be the brain drain that we hear in other places, but we are at the theatre of war, DASH has lost in the five months 22 medical doctors who left for Saudi Arabia and the UK while some left for other areas within the country.

“So, everybody is stretched; but we are moving on and will continue to offer the services,” he said.

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