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Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Ogun poly pregnant student dies after clinic rejection

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

A pregnant female student of Federal Polytechnic Ilaro, Abimbola Ajayi, has been pronounced dead by medical expert over alleged negligence from the institution clinic staff as a result of demanding for a student clinic card before treatment.

As gathered, Abimbola’s death was said to have been as a result of over 15 minutes delay in issuance of a fresh clinic card in the deceased’s name and the clinic staff insistent on sighting a clinic card before attending to her.

Students inside the clinic narrated on Wednesday that during this period when her colleagues were striving to obtain a card, the former student was writhing in pains which anyone around the premises couldn’t take their eye off her.

It was learnt that the delay by the medical staff to treat the deceased, who was a student from the department of leisure and tourism, further aggravated the stomach pains she complained about before her colleagues rushed her to the clinic for treatments.

A student, who did not want his name in mentioned, narrated that after her colleagues got the card, the clinic directed that she be transferred to a private hospital outside the institution, Ore Ofe Clinic and maternity home, for treatment.

The male student added that it was at the private hospital she succumbed to the battle and was pronounced dead by medical experts at the facility.

He 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.”

Confirming the sad development, a student group in the state, YSG Nation, attributed Abimbola’s death to negligence and lack of basic healthcare facilities inside the institution.

In a statement by its Public Relations Officer, John Philip, the students demanded an immediate, independent investigation into Abimbola’s death and that medical facilities within the institution be given urgent facelift.

They disclosed that Abimbola was later discovered to be pregnant after her demise.

According to the statement, the students further asked that “Reform of the school clinic’s protocols to prioritize 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

“We cry out for justice for Abimbola and demand that the school administration takes concrete steps to ensure that no student ever faces such neglect again. This is not the first time such attitude has come from the school clinic, and we will not stand idly by. We stand in solidarity with Abimbola’s family, friends, and the entire Federal Polytechnic Ilaro community”.

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