“Your hazard allowance was 5k” – Friend laments as doctor dies of Lassa Fever in Benue

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A medical doctor, Philip Vanen Dzuana, has died of Lassa Fever in Benue after being exposed to an infected patient.

The Herald learnt that the victim had spent 10 years, instead of six, as a Medicine and Surgery student of Benue State University (BSU) following accreditation issues.

He was said to be on housemanship at the Federal Medical Centre, Makurdi and was barely eight months on the job when he contracted Lassa Fever which took his life.

A colleague, who identified himself simply as Dr. Penking, took to Twitter to lament his friend’s demise.

He wrote, “Dr Dzuana Vanen Philip was a Nigerian Medical Doctor in FMC Makurdi. He died from Lassa Fever on 1st April, 2020. He will not be buried at his ancestral home but will be cremated (burnt) in line with National Guideline in Management of Lassa Fever Px. His hazard allowance was 5k.

“Rest in Peace my colleague. You were paid five thousand Naira (thirteen point eight dollars) for the possibility that your work might cost you Your life which it did. Your country failed you. If there is a next life, I pray you are born in a country where you will be valued.

“Dr Dzuana got admission in 2009 to read Medicine and Surgery at BSU and only graduated in 2019(10 years) due to accreditation issues at BSU.

“He started Housemanship at FMC Makurdi where he worked for 8 months before contracting Lassa Fever. He was a hardworking and cheerful fellow.”

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