The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the Seventh Day Adventist Hospital, Ile Ife, Osun State, Dr Akin Obisanya, has revealed the circumstances that led to the sudden death of one of its nurses, Mr Tambaya John Amu, at the weekend. Addressing newsmen in Osogbo on Tuesday, Dr Obisanya disclosed that Tambaya, an anaesthetical nurse, died of food contamination after he and five other medical staffers had performed a surgical operation on some patients at the hospital’s theatre room and later ate the food together and took ill.

He also told the newsmen that the food became contaminated due to long preservation and infection which is common in every hospital environment. According to him, all attempts by medical experts to save the late Tambaya were to avail, saying that while other infected victims responded to treatment, the diseased’s condition degenerated as he vomited consistently and even had two cardiac arrests and died in the circumstances. With this disclosure, the earlier rumours that Tambaya died of ebola or a mysterious disease yet to be identified by medical experts has been dispelled.

Dr Obisanya who explained the result of the autopsy conducted on the late nurse who died at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital (OAUTH) further disclosed that two of the medical officers who took ill after eating the ill-fated meal and were admitted at the hospital, had since been discharged, while the remaining two nurses are recuperating fast.

While describing the death of Tambaya as tragic because he was a diligent worker, the CMD regretted that the rumour, apart from creating anxiety among the general public, had obliterated the sympathy his death would have attracted. Dr Obinsanya also stressed that it was wrong to attribute the after-meal sickness to infection from one of the patients operated upon, saying that most of them had earlier been discharged while others were in a stable condition before the development. It would be recalled that the late Tambaya   died mysteriously after participating in a surgical operation on a patient.

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