By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
The management of the University of Ibadan has concluded plans to conduct annual medical screening for students of the university in order to know their health status.
The institution’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Isacc Adewole, made the disclosure while speaking during a press conference where the institution made its position known over the death last week of a 200 level student of the Department of Health Education and Human Kinetic, Mayowa Alaran.
Adewole, who said the whole university was grieved over the unfortunate incident that caused the death of the student, noted that the annual screening was in continuation of a similar one introduced for staff of the institution four years ago.
Alaran’s death had resulted in heavy students’ protest, which led to the disruption of academic activities in the university and vehicular movement on some streets of Ibadan.
The VC, however, said the university in order to prevent a future occurrence, had intensified efforts in reforming the health services in the institution.
“We will continue to decentralize the health services, we are aware as management the feelings of our students and the perception is very important. I am aware that some of our nurses are doing part-time courses in this institution. In this wise, you cannot be in Jaja Clinic and be doing part-time service, we are also going to inject new staff,” the VC said.
He said the university, in its bid at providing good and qualitative heath services for both the staff and students, is planning to establish students’ health service, which would be different from the normal health service.
Adewole said part of the reform of the institution’s heath service is to ensure that all ambulances should be at alert every night, as he disclosed that training would be provided for students on how to handle first aid.
The VC, who was accompanied by other principal officers of the university, noted that the institution had also introduced plans to train the students on how to handle grief.
Alaran had on May 6 lost his life after he slumped and was rushed to the Jaja clinic of the institution, but his death had sparked a controversy over whether staff members of the university’s clinic were negligent in handling his situation.