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Institute of Lassa Fever Research and Control: Strengthening Nigeria’s Local Capacity to Lead the Lassa Fever Response

By Beti Baiye and Ibukun Oguntola The driveway in the grounds of the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital (ISTH) is large and welcoming and as you enter the hospital premises, the hospital’s motto: ‘Patient is Supreme’ catches the eye. The hospital was founded in 1993 to manage viral haemorrhagic fever including Lassa fever and over the […]

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Fighting Lassa: Five lessons from three special hospitals managing most cases of Lassa fever in Nigeria

At the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Mrs. Martha Okonofua moves around the ward with a smile. The Lassa Fever isolation ward at the hospital is unusually full. Mrs. Martha and her team are working extra hours as they are responsible for managing the highest number of Lassa fever patients in any hospital in Nigeria. Laughter […]