Students of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka have protested the death of one of their colleagues, Mr Francis Mmadubuobi, a final-year student of Department of Applied Microbiology and Brewing.
Daily Post reports, that the students alleged that lack of medical facilities in the school’s hospital contributed to the death of Mmadubuobi.
The deceased student was said to have been taken to the institution’s medical center after he collapsed on the pitch while playing basketball with his colleagues last weekend within the premises of the university, but allegedly died as a result of lack of attention.
The students, while protesting over circumstances surrounding his death, called on the management to immediately equip the school’s medical center or scrap it entirely.
They matched in their thousands from the Nnamdi Azikiwe University to Arroma junction in Awka, a journey of over four kilometers, carrying placards with various inscriptions some of which read; “Unizik medical, a death trap”, “UNIZIK, tell us what killed Francis, among others.
The students all dressed in black were equally chanting songs, meant to provoke the management of the institution.
The Department’s President, Mr Prosper Chisimdi, who narrated the situation as he witnessed it, said, “I feel bitter about everything. Francis, our course-mate slumped while playing basketball in school. We rushed him to the school clinic.
“On getting to the place, no single doctor was there to attend to him. The nurse there couldn’t even attend to him and he was right before us dying. After many hours, a female doctor came and was looking for her apparatus. No oxygen was in the clinic.
“We rushed Francis to Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu Teaching Hospital, in the school ambulance. I was inside the ambulance holding Francis foot, it was damn cold, his eyes were already opened, I was scared. I knew only miracle could happen because Francis had no pulse.
“On getting to Amaku general hospital, the doctors said it was already late, Francis had no life in him again. They left him unattended, we felt it has happened already,” Chisimdi narrated.
The students warned the management of the institution against taking any form of sanction against their protesting colleagues as their action was inspired by the sense of loss which they all feel.
But, in his reaction, the Director, Information, Public Relations and Protocol, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Dr Emmanuel Ojukwu, who spoke on behalf of the institution, refuted the allegation, stating that Francis had already died before he was rushed to the school clinic.
Ojukwu, in a press release, said, “The deceased was quickly rushed to the University Medical Centre, but had no pulse upon examination.
“This means that he had died before being brought to the University Medical Centre.
“He was thereafter taken to Teaching Hospital Amaku for further attempt at salvaging an already bad situation. He was without pulse and confirmed dead,” the school PRO pointed out.
He called on the students to be calm, while appealing to them to demonstrate with caution.
Ojukwu however prayed for the repose of the soul of Francis Mmadubuobi.