Workers at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife were thrown into panic on Wednesday, following the death of a resident doctor 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 on Monday, hurriedly fled the unit apparently for fear of contacting the highly contagious viral disease.
It was learnt that the resident doctor of the teaching hospital had died after vomiting blood within the hospital premises.
A medical doctor in the hospital who preferred anonymity told our correspondent that the doctor had visited Ekiti State before arriving Ile-Ife on Monday.
But the authorities of OAUTHC have debunked insinuations that the doctor died as a result of Lassa Fever disease virus.
Speaking with our correspondent on the telephone yesterday, the Chairman, OAUTHC on Lassa Fever, Prof. Adedeji Onayade confirmed the death of the resident doctor but said the fact that the doctor bled to death did not mean he contacted the deadly virus.
Onayade said a blood sample of the late doctor had been obtained and sent to the federal government for confirmation.
He said until the result of the blood sample was out, it could not be said that the hospital had 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.