Lassa Fever: Fear grips OAUTHC workers as doctor dies


Workers at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife  were thrown into panic on Tuesday following the death of a resident doctor, who was suspected to have contacted Lassa Fever disease virus.

Doctors, nurses, medical personnel and patients at the Emergency Unit  of the hospital, where the doctor died, hurriedly fled the unit apparently for fear of contacting the contagious viral disease.

It was learnt that the doctor died after vomiting blood in the hospital premises.

A medical doctor in the hospital, who preferred anonymity said that the doctor had visited Ekiti State before returning to Ile-Ife on Monday.

But the authorities of the OAUTHC had debunked insinuations that the doctor died as a result of Lassa Fever.

The  Chairman of the OAUTHC, Prof. Adedeji Onayade, confirmed to our correspondent, in the telephone interview, that a resident doctor died.

He, however noted that the fact that the doctor bled to death does not mean that he died of Lassa fever.

Onayade said that blood sample of the late doctor had been obtained and sent to the Federal Government medical laboratory facility for confirmation.

He said that until the result of the sample is out, it could not be said that the hospital recorded a case of Lassa Fever.

Meanwhile, an atmosphere of fear still enveloped the Teaching Hospital community with the news of the doctor’s demise.


By Adeyinka Aremu

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