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Federal poly clears air on pregnant student’s death in Ogun

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

The management of the Federal Polytechnic Ilaro, Ogun State has said that the death its Higher National Diploma (HND) female student, Abimbola Ajayi, was not due to negligence from the medical staff at the school clinic, rather due to pregnancy related complications.

The school disclosed that Abimbola, a HND student from the department of Leisure and Tourism, was rushed to the clinic by her lover from a practical class complaining of abdominal pains.

After immediate first aid care and examination, it said that the medical staff ensured she was transfer to a facility with more experts and higher equipments, saying this is all geared towards giving the former student better treatment.

The school stressed that after she was pronounced dead at the private hospital, Ore Ofe maternity home, it ambulance was used to convey her body home by the deceased parents who were contacted through her lover after the sad development.

It noted that the role played by the school clinical staff was enormous and appreciated by the parents after their arrival.

In a statement released by the Deputy Registrar, Public relations, Sola Abiala, and made available to newsmen on Thursday, the school noted that the allegations raised against the medical staff on the deceased pregnant lady were completely not true.

According to the statement, “Our attention has been drawn to the unfortunate death of one of our students, Miss AJAYI Abimbola Adejoke, an HND student of the department of Leisure and Tourism of the Polytechnic, who died as a result result of pregnancy related complications.

“According to the medical report obtained from the Director, Medical Services of the institution, (as attached), the deceased was rushed to the clinic from a practical class complaining of abdominal pains.

“However, the reports going viral on some social media did not present the true picture of the sad and unfortunate incident.

“The deceased was accompanied by her boyfriend to the clinic and he confirmed that the late student was actually pregnant.

“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”.

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