Lassa fever kills nine people in Benin

TVC E, NEWS - At least nine people have been suspected to have died of Lassa fever in Benin republic just as the world ramps up its fight against the Zika virus, a health official told AFP Tuesday. "Right now, there are a total of 20 suspected cases with nine deaths," government health official Orou Bagou Yorou Chabi said. Sources disclosed that the first Lassa fever case in the West African country of 10 million people was listed at the Hospital of St Martin de Papane, in Tchaourou, a city 350 km north of Cotonou, the United Nations children agency UNICEF said in a statement. UNICEF says the Lassa fever outbreaks has killed about 84 people in neighbouring Nigeria out of 168 suspected cases and Stocks of Ribavirin, a drug used to treat the infection, were being shipped to Tchaourou and Cotonou. Benin was last hit by a Lassa fever outbreak in October 2014,...

Plateau battles to rescue two Lassa fever victims

TVC E, NEWS - Medical team at the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH), Plateau state,  are battling with two cases of Lassa Fever, the state government has confirmed. The government has also confirmed that the disease has claimed two lives in the state since 8th January when government discovered the first case of the outbreak in the state. Giving update on the spread of the disease in Jos on Sunday, the State Commissioner for health, Dr. Kuden Kamshak said the state government has successfully managed the spread of the disease in the state. Dr. Kamshak said, “So far the disease has killed two people, not three as earlier reported. “Out of the two deaths we reported last week, only one of the victims tested positive to Lassa Fever, the blood sample of the second victim tested negative in Benin where we took both sample for confirmation.  “The first death was recorded in a private hospital...

’93 Days’ not Biopic of late Stella Adadevoh, filmmaker replies family

TVCE  MOVIE - Producer and maker of the controversial film '93 days' Steve Gukas has described as false and malicious, the allegation by one Dr Anna Adadevoh that 93 Days, a film on the deadly Ebola virus, is a misrepresentation of facts. Gukas who said the claims were a calculated attempt to sabotage the film, maintained that “93 Days is not the biopic of anyone individual and has never claimed to be the story of Doctor Stella Adadevoh.” Anna Adadevoh had in a letter dated January 3, 2016, on behalf of the Cardoso and Adadevoh families said they are distancing themselves from the movie purportedly dedicated to late Dr.Ameyo,  as it is a misrepresentation of the sacrifice the late Dr Adadevoh paid with her life. They also frowned against the producer’s going into the personal medical file of the deceased doctor. But Gukas maintained that contrary to the allegations by Dr Anna Adadevoh,...

Lassa Fever: Seven facts about the Deadly Viral Illness

TVCE - Apart from Ebola, Dengue and some others, Lassa fever is another lethal viral haemorrhagic fever. It's predominantly a disease of West Africa that was first discovered in 1969 in a Nigerian town called Lassa where two missionary nurses died from the disease. Since then, investigation reveals that there have been periodic epidemic outbreaks of the disease in different parts of Nigeria and the West African subcontinent. According to Nigeria's minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, the viral illness has killed 40 persons and 86 cases already reported across seven states of Nigeria namely Taraba, Kano, Rivers, Bauchi, Oyo, Niger and Nasarawa. Sequel to the above, below are facts you need to know as far as Lassa virus is concerned. First, Lassa fever is a viral illness : It's an acute viral illness caused by Lassa virus which was first discovered in Nigeria. Lassa virus is a single-stranded RNA virus that belongs to...

Drama as Stella Adadevor’s family disown Ebola movie

  A fresh scandal has emerged as the family of late Ebola hero, Stella Adadevoh have washed their hands off upcoming movie, ’93 Days’ which captures the virus outbreak in Nigeria. In a statement signed by Dr Ama Adadevoh, the family accuse the filmmakers of wrongly portraying the events which led to the death of the medical doctor. The family also accused the producers of not getting consent before using ‘Adadevoh’s name, likeness or image for commercial profit.’ The family intends to hold the filmmakers legally accountable. Top Nollywood actress, Bimbo Akintola played the late Stella Adadevoh in the movie which is scheduled for release sometimes this year, This obviously isn’t the end to this drama...