Medical workers at the Seventh Day Adventist Hospital in Ile-Ife are gripped with fear following the strange illness which afflicted five of them after carrying out a surgical operation on a patient admitted to the hospital. Our correspondent learnt that the doctors and other members of the team including a male nurse, Tambaya John Amu, who carried out the operation on the patient, had a meal after the operation and all of them became ill one hour after.

The five-man medical team was said to have been rushed to the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex, Ile Ife, where Tambaya died. But while the medical personnel are down, the patient who they operated upon was said to have recovered. There were speculations that the illness which knocked down the medical team could be a spiritual attack. But medical sources said the nature and the name of the strange illness had yet to be ascertained.

He said, “There is confusion among the health workers in Ile-Ife over the death of an anesthetic   nurse, Tambaya John Amu, who died mysteriously after a surgical operation on a patient at Seventh Day Adventist Hospital, Ile-Ife. “Information has it that a team of five medical staff, including a foreign doctor, conducted the surgery. Immediately after the surgery, they were treated to a meal, within a few hours all the five medical workers were down with a strange sickness which manifested through stooling and vomiting.”

“Mr. John Amu died at the OAUTHC and this has thrown the hospital staff into confusion, as the ICU ward was evacuated as to disinfect the ward. A doctor at the OAUTCH, who pleaded not to be named, told our correspondent on the telephone that experts from the World Health Organisation came and took the blood sample of the patients on Friday. He said, “They have come from the WHO to take blood samples of the patients.

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