Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole Tuesday announced the escape of a Lassa fever patient in Ebonyi state. The patient, whose identity was not made public, it was learnt escaped from the health facility where he was receiving treatment.
The minister made the disclosure during the emergency meeting of National Council on Health in Abuja, saying he just received a text that a Lassa fever patient had escaped from a health facility in Ebonyi while undergoing treatment.
He urged relevant agency and the state government to do everything possible to trace the patient and those who might have had contact with him.
The minister also inaugurated the 15 member Lassa fever eradication committee, to address the outbreak of the disease and other communicable disease in the country.