There seems to be an increase in the death of serving corp members in 2017, as almost 20 deaths have been recorded since the beginning of the year. A corp member serving in Cross River state, identified as Onwuegbuzie Stanley Samuel has been reported dead.
According to reports, the young man died of the Lassa feverdisease at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH). According to the Cross River state commissioner of health, Dr Inyang Asibong, the Delta-born corp member was admitted at the General Hospital, Obubra, and treated for cerebral malaria for one week before he was transferred to UCTH after his condition got worse.
He was discovered to have had Lassa fever after his blood was tested at the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital in Edo state. “The incident started about two weeks ago in Obubra and we all know that the incubation period of Lassa fever is 3-21 days. The deceased is an indigene of Delta State. The last time he travelled to his home in Lagos State was duringthe Christmas period in December 2016 and came back to Cross River in January 2017.
The deceased was living in the corps members’ lodge in Obubra and since he came back in January, he has not left that community. Unfortunately, we finally lost him yesterday. Sadly, the corps member contracted the disease in Cross River.”