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Polytechnic reacts to death of pregnant student

Polytechnic reacts to death of pregnant student

The Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Ogun State has reacted to the death of one of its students, Ajayi Abimbola Adejoke. 

The institution in a statement signed by Sola Abioa, its Deputy Registrar, Public Relations and obtained by AllNews.ng on Thursday revealed that Adejoke, a student of the Department of Leisure and Tourism of the Polytechnic, died as a result of pregnancy relating to complications on Wednesday.

The institution also revealed that medical report obtained from the Director, Medical Services of the institution revealed that the deceased was rushed to the clinic from a practical class complaining of abdominal pains.

While confirming that the deceased accompanied by her boyfriend to the clinic who confirmed that Adejoke was actually pregnant, the school regretted that initial reports did not present the true picture of the sad and unfortunate incident.

Initial reports had blamed her death on the school clinic attendant.

It was claimed by a student who preferred anonymity that she was delayed for 15 minutes because she did not have a clinic card.

The source said, "she started complaining of stomach pain then we noticed she couldn't walk on her own so we rushed her to the school clinic. Despite the fact we told them it was a case of emergency, they said we should get clinic card which took us almost 15 minutes. Later she was transferred to 'Ore Ofe' where she was placed on oxygen. She died while they were performing the scan on her."

The statement reads, "Realising that the Clinic might not be able to treat the case properly, due to it's nature, she was quickly referred to a private hospital in the town and was conveyed to the said hospital in one of the institution's ambulances, accompanied by a nurse and the boyfriend of the deceased.

"Her parents were promptly contacted, and they reportedly came to Ilaro.

"The Dean, Student Affairs of the institution, Dr. J. O. Omowunmi confirmed that the parents of the deceased had taken the remains of the deceased back home in the Polytechnic’s ambulance. 

"In as much as the Polytechnic regrets the unfortunate incident and commiserate with the parents, it is pertinent to reiterate that the death of Miss Ajayi was not as a result of negligence by the clinic as being peddled, but as a result of pregnancy related complications. 

"The Rector, Dr. M. A. Akinde, FCA, FCIT on behalf of the management, staff and students of the Polytechnic hereby commiserates with the parents, friends, classmates of the deceased and pray for the repose of her soul by Almighty God."

However, a group, YSG Nation has demanded justice over the alleged negligence which led to the death of the student.

YSG Nation in a statement signed by John Philip, its spokesperson, revealed that the incident was not the first of its kind in the school clinic.

It also demanded, "an immediate, independent investigation into Abimbola's death.

"Reform of the school clinic's protocols to prioritise emergency response and student well-being.

"Mandatory training for school clinic staff on crisis management and communication.

"Accountability for the school clinic staff and administrators responsible for this tragedy.

"Improved healthcare facilities and equipment at the school clinic to prevent such tragedies in the future."

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