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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

DEATH OF A FINAL YEAR STUDENT OF NNAMDI AZIKIWE UNIVERSITY AWKA; A CALL FOR SOLUTIONS

DEATH OF A FINAL YEAR STUDENT OF NNAMDI AZIKIWE UNIVERSITY AWKA; A CALL FOR SOLUTIONS, NOT EXCUSES.
Following the number of tags and remarks I have received from my friends on social media, and the resent publication from the University authority through the University public Relation officer over the genesis of the death of one Francis Chinedu Mmadubuobi, a final year student of Micro Biology Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, I have taking pains as a one time Students Union Judiciary Leader (Chief Judge SUG Unizik) to investigate/analyze the matter, and have come to the conclusion bellow.
ACCOUNTS OF HIS DEATH
FROM STUDENTS
1. Late Mr Francis Chinedu Mmadubuobi slumped while playing basketball on Saturday the 21st of July 2018 at the basketball ball court in Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka.
2. He was rushed to the University Medical Centre immediately.
3. On getting to the Medical Centre, there was no doctor at that point, however nurses were around. These nurses were confused as to what to do when they saw the state of the late young man. They therefore suggested to the students that brought the young man to pray for him to remain alive until the Doctor arrives. And indeed they started praying.
4. The students stayed for a while and decided to take him to Amaku hospital. At that point however, the Doctor rushed in. At first the students were happy that the Doctor had arrived to salvage the situation. Unfortunately, it was discovered that there was no Oxygen and BP Apparatus in the hospital and the doctor and nurses never knew. The late  young man was fast fading away before he was taken to Amaku Teaching Hospital.
5. Before they could get to the Amaku Teaching Hospital, the young man has passed on and was confirmed dead by the Doctors upon arrival.
6. The Dean of Students Affairs, in trying to calm the students upon his arrival at the hospital is reported to have said ''This is Nigeria, we don't expect things to be perfect, we don't have implements...''

ABSTRACT FROM THE UNIVERSITY AUTHORITY.
''The deceased was quickly rushed to the 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 the Teaching Hospital at Amaku for further attempt at salvaging an already bad situation. He was found to be without pulse and was confirmed dead”.  (Dr. Emmanuel Ojukwu; The University PRO & Protocol Director).
MY SUBMISSION AND ANALYSIS
With all due respect, I disagree with The University Authority to the extent that ''the deceased was already dead before he was brought to the hospital''. This in my opinion, is a shameful effort at avoiding responsibility! The University should be seeking  solutions (and not raising defenses) to prevent future occurrences.
I shall proceed to fault the University’s statement by considering the issues listed below:
1. If the Doctor in the University Medical centre had confirmed that the deceased was already dead, why did they send him to the Amaku teaching hospital instead of the Mortuary at Amaku?
I and a friend once witnessed the incident of death in the same University Medical centre during my time as a student. When the deceased in that instance was confirmed dead, he was taken to the mortuary immediately and not Teaching Hospital Amaku for any reexamination.
Or are they implying that the Doctor in The Nnamdi Azikiwe Medical Centre was not sure whether the deceased was dead or alive? If that is the case, it will be right to say that the Doctor is ‘QUACK' and should be sacked and replaced with a competent Medical Doctor.
Or are they implying that Nnamdi Azikiwe Medical Centre has no equipment to confirm whether the deceased was dead or alive? If that is the case, there is need for UPGRADE. This would go a long way to lend credence to what the students are clamoring for, ''shut it down or equip it''
2. At the Amaku Teaching Hospital Awka, the students assert that when they were crying over the untimely death of the deceased and were blaming the University Medical centre, The Dean of Students Affairs appeared and made this remark trying to console the students; ''This is Nigeria, we don't expect things to be perfect, we don't have implements…'' I wish we could give the dean an opportunity to counter this assertion made by the students. But if of a truth he said this, he should resign his position as the Dean Students Affairs as he is not worthy to be in such student affairs sensitive position.
And this statement, if it is found to be true, equally points to the fact that there is indeed a lack of basic equipments in the hospital as the students assert.
It is my opinion that what ever took them to the Teaching Hospital Amaku is a deficiency that calls for the attention of the University Authority, and if necessary, the Federal Government to avoid more tragic stories like this.

In 2015/2016 when I was the Chief Judge Students Union Government of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, I had once laid a complaint against the Clinic staff to the medical director and also the Dean Students Affairs over their lackadaisical attitude over students health affairs.
I could remember another incident that took place between me and one nurse in that Medical centre when I took a dying patient to the school medical centre. Instead of the nurse to immediately attend to the patient, she was busy shouting at her, reprimanding someone whom if not for God sake would have been in the land of the dead before we arrived the Hospital. Her reason was that she did not come when she had the sign of the sickness for treatment and for that reason she had to delay her treatment!
I was highly disappointed at this woman to the extent that I had to threaten her with calling the director and the Dean Students Affairs before she started calling a doctor. I wonder the institution she attended anyways, I know it could never be Nnamdi Azikiwe University.

Finally, I am of the view that there should be a total overhauling of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Medical Centre to meet up with the status of a Federal University Hospital, instead of raising baseless defences which I deem unreasonable and unfounded.
It is Francis Chinedu today, it could be you, your children, siblings or relations tomorrow. It may be there in Unizik or elsewhere. Let us right the wrong now to avoid future occurrences. The change begins with us.
TO UNIZIK STUDENTS
Accept my condolences. I read of your peaceful demonstration, I commend that. I equally commend the Faculty presidents. However, I plead that you stop at the peaceful demonstration and channel other grievances to the VC through the Students Union Government. The Vice Chancellor I know and the Director of Medicals I know will act fast and ensure that such a thing does not happen again.
GREATEST ZIKITES!!!
May the soul of Francis Chinedu Mmaduabuobi rest in peace!    Amen
Dated 23rd of  July 2019 at 1:30PM

George Chibuike Ohachosim Esq writes from Bodija Ibadan, Oyo State of Nigeria.

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