Student’s death triggers protest at Yabatech
It is a ploy to postpone examinations, management says
Activities were yesterday brought to a halt for several hours after students of Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH) trooped out in protest over the death of a final-year Office Technology Management HND II student, Miss Dazan Charity Oluwabukola.
Addressing newsmen, one of the student leaders, Akinola Emmanuel, said Dazan died due to negligence on the part of officials at the institution’s Medical Centre.
He said: “She fell sick around midnight and she was rushed to our Medical Centre. There, she was asked to pay N35,000 before they would attend to her. Imagine that? I can tell you that from the breakdown of our school fees, every student pays N3,000 for healthcare. So, what was the N35,000 for?”
“It is unfortunate that this happened,” he said. “She was a sickler. She was admitted at the Medical Centre on Monday and was discharged later in the day. In the middle of the night her condition deteriorated and she was rushed back to the centre. She was about to be taken to the Federal Medical Centre, Ebute Metta, when she died.”
The Guardian gathered that Dazan died at the medical centre in the early hours of Wednesday. “Before she died, she told us not to call her mother,” one of the students who conveyed her to the medical centre said. “She said ‘I’m dying, don’t call my mother; call only my sister.”
While the protest was raging yesterday afternoon, access was denied into the institution as the campus gates were locked by protesters, who sang solidarity songs and displayed placards that read: “Injustice to one is injustice to all”, “This Nonsense Must Stop”.
However, management of the institution has said the school never took any step that ultimately compromised the life of the deceased; rather, it did all within its powers to preserve it.
In a statement by the school’s Director of Publications, Mr. Charles Oni, the late Dazan “had developed a crisis in the afternoon of Tuesday, February 9, 2016 and was temporary on admission at the College Medical Centre under close watch of the centre’s management.
She was, however, discharged when her condition became stable so that she could prepare for her examination today (Wednesday). Sadly, the late Dazan’s crisis relapsed around midnight and her room mates rushed her back to the medical centre where precautionary medical attention was given to her, with a promise to refer her to the Federal Medical Centre at Ebute Metta as soon as the day breaks. She was being conveyed to the Federal Medical Centre early this morning when she gave up the ghost.