By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Students of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife on Friday staged a protest against the management of the institution over the death of Adeshina Aishat, a final year student of the Department of Foreign Languages.
The protesting students blocked the Ife/Ede/Osogbo road in front of their campus as well as the Ife /Ibadan expressway causing heavy gridlock on both roads for hours.
The students who claimed that Aishat died as a result of the negligence of the institution’s health workers said the deceased had been brought to the medical facility on an emergency but medical personnel on duty on Thursday evening, refused to give the needed attention.
They further disclosed that the deceased was having complications with breathing but was not given the necessary attention until the matter got worse and was later transferred to Seventh Day Adventist hospital where she eventually died.
Furious about the sad incident, the students stormed the institution’s health centre in protest.
Meanwhile, the Student Union of the institution has called on the management to investigate the matter.
A statement released by Olalekan Ogunperi, Public Relations Officer-elect of Great Ife Student Union lamented that many students have lost their lives as a result of negligence at the school’s health centre.
“Adesina Aishat, a 400 level student at the Department of Foreign Languages, just joined the list of many students who have lost their lives due to negligence at the health centre of the university.
“It saddens our heart that a member of our Union has to be returned home as a corpse when her family expects her to be a graduate with prospects.
“We send our condolences to the family of the deceased. But while we mourn Aishat, we cannot lose sight of the circumstances that led to her death, especially the role of the university’s health venter.
“Aishat’s death is not the first to happen due to negligence of duties by the workers at the health center. It is only one out of many.
“We call on the university management to investigate this death and punish all health workers who failed in performing their duties when Aishat needed attendance which they failed to give but only transferred her in her last moments to Seventh Day Hospital where she eventually died.
“Without a proper and quick investigation (one which must actively involve and be communicated to students) and punishment meted, the university management will be putting the lives of students in danger.
“We cannot let our lives become toys. We will have to protest this, as we cannot afford to keep losing our lives like fowls. Our lives matter!” Ogunperi said.
Also reacting to the death of the 24-yar-old female student, the management of the university said Aishat was treated with some drugs prescribed by the health centre and asked to report back as an outpatient.
A statement by the Public Relations Officer of the institution, Abiodun Olarewaju reads: “The management of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, regrets to announce the death of one of our students, Adesina Omowumi Aisat, a 24 – year old, female student of the Department of Foreign Languages.
“The student reported to the health centre on Tuesday, 28th September, 2021 with signs and symptoms of a severe infection. She was promptly treated with some drugs prescribed and asked to report back as an out patient.
“Miss Adesina reported back to the health centre in the morning of Thursday, 30th September, 2021. Upon examination, she was referred to the Seventh Day Adventist Hospital for further management where she regrettably died.
“The management sympathises with the parents, friends, colleagues and the entire students of the University on this sad loss, and pray for the repose of her soul.
“The management will like to appeal to all students of the students of the University to remain calm and kindly refrain from any act that can jeopardise the peace on campus and truncate the on-going Rain Semester examinations.”