The recent death on campus of ABDULWAHAB OLAMILEKAN, a 400L student of science education and a final year student of the University of Ilorin on the early hours of Monday, 13th January, 2020 has risen a lot of questions about whether or not the school clinic were a major cause of the of the student’s death.
According to reports collated on the case, it was discovered that olamilekan was ill during the Christmas but came back after the break doing well, but it was discovered that the sickness came back on the 13th of January 2020 and was immediately taken to the school clinic. But unfortunately that didn’t save his life.
A discovery from one of the persons who rushed him to the clinic was that the clinic attendants were busy shouting at one of them as to why the person was wearing what people call a ripped jean, while their friend was gasping for air. It was also said that the aforementioned died in the ambulance while he was being transported to the University Teaching Hospital (UITH) because the school clinic was short of oxygen in their oxygen tank.
A press release from the office of the vice chancellor clearly opposed the rumors with explanations. They had the following to say.
The student was reported to have collapsed at his off campus residence.
He was first taken to a hospital in town before referring him to the school clinic.
The student was brought to the clinic around 8:30AM and was taken straight to the ward. He was examined and found to have no respiratory effort, no cardiac activity and his pupils were fixed and dilated, in other words, he was BID (brought in dead).
Immediately, the student affairs was contacted, and arrangements were made to take his body to anatomy.
His parents confirmed that he has been sick before leaving home for school after the festivals.
His guardian was the person that contacted his parents. His father was actually told that he was brought in dead.
It was the father that told the guardian not to inform his mother of his demise (for an obvious reason that she was not going to be able to contain it).
This explains the reason why the mother did not know until she got to the clinic.
As for the student that wore ripped jeans; it was one of the students seen around, waiting at the entrance of the ward and the staff challenged him if he was a student of the university because of the way he dressed.
The dead student was wearing a brown jalabiya and a black short pant underneath NOT a jean.
On the issue of oxygen, the clinic has two fully serviced giant bottles of oxygen but since the student was brought in dead there was no need administering oxygen to the body.
That brings to the real question, WHO IS TO BE BLAMED?
The student union announced on Wednesday, 15th January, 2020 that efforts are being made to install a unilorin emergency response center off campus in case of any emergency cases. They have also appealed to the director of health services to improve the quality of service and attention given to emergency cases.
The unilorin League Board has also made a decision to have a minute’s silence in all unilorin games in honor of the faculty of education comrade.
May his gentle soul rest in peace.
OBAYEMI ABIMBOLA OLUWATOYOSI.