The Medical Community in Nigeria is in mourning. The Lassa fever epidemic have been ravaging some parts of the country, in what many professionals believe is periodic epidemic of the disease for the past three years. This recent epidemic was first reported to have started out in Ebonyi State, South East Nigeria. But it has since spread gradually to other state, leaving victims in its path. At the moment it has spread to Kogi State, a confluence state, situated between the Rivers Niger and Benue, where it can be confirmed that Dr A. V. Idowu, has given up to the disease.
Dr Ahmed, as he was fondly called, trained at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital. After a period of delay trying to get internship placement, the 30-year old doctor finally got appointed a House Officer at the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja in Kogi State. He had only been about three months on the Job when he was diagnosed of Lassa fever on January 19, 2018.
In Nigeria, House Officers are most likely the first set of Doctors to see every patient who reports to the hospital. Dr Ahmed showed symptoms before his blood sample was collected and sent to Irrua Specialist Hospital, where it tested positive. He was subsequently taken to Irrua for further treatment. He died on Sunday, January 21, 2018. Even as the Medical Director of FMC, Dr Olatunde Alabi, has assured that adequate contact tracing have since commenced, Dr Ahmed will be greatly missed.