By Alfred Olufemi
The students’ union arm of Osun state Polytechnic, Iree, has demanded the improvement of the school medical centre’s services and faulted the school over the death of a colleague.
The student of the school, Aminu Hammed, was said to have died on May 31 owing to the negligence of the school clinic officers.
Late Aminu Hammed, a Higher National Diploma student of the institution’s Department of Applied Chemistry, slumped in the examination hall on Friday and was rushed to the school clinic, where he later died.
Also, in protest of his death, some students set the school clinic and medical equipment ablaze on Saturday as it was reported that the timely intervention of the school’s security officials prevented the fire from spreading to other buildings in the school.
Although, the Public Relations Officer of the school, Tope Abiola, said otherwise, students claimed that there were no medical personnel to attend to Hammed when he was brought to the clinic.
During the protest, the school’s ambulance, drugs, and equipment in the clinic were set ablaze by the students.
However, the school’s management had ordered the immediate closure of the institution to forestall breakdown of law and order on its campus.
Meanwhile, the union, in a press release signed by the President, Bolaji Olaniyi, which was sent to All Times News, claimed that “some perceived anomalies in the system culminated to his death.”
“You would recall that on the 31st May, 2019, Hammed who fainted after writing Exam at a PLT2 Hall within the campus and was rushed down to the school’s medical centre at about 4:45pm where the Students were told that the medical centre had closed for the day and was later rushed to a nearby hospital around campus where he eventually gave up the ghost after couple of minutes of his arrival at the hospital.”
“The Students Union had perceived that some aggrieved quarters will vandalise the Medical Centre on the 1st June, 2019 Under the guise of violent Protest, However, in a bid to forestall such appalling fate, the Students Union thence, deemed it necessary to lead the Protest Itself in a peaceful manner so as to avert a devastating narrative of vandalization and push our positions forward to the Authorities of the Institution.”
The President also narrated how the protest went and distanced the union from the vandalization of the clinic and its valuables.
“To ensure that the Protest was peaceful, the President had notified all Security agencies, the protest had in attendance the DPO of the Police Station, Iree Divisional headquarters.”
“At about 7:15am, the President himself shutdown the campus main-gate to impede entrance. The Students who had gathered in front of the main gate were later addressed at about 7:45am by the President of the Students Union, where he affirmed the Union’s stance on a peaceful protest against a perceived anomaly and emphasized the need for a peaceful conduct of the students in the process.”
While he condemned the destruction of properties, he maintained that the students’ body had convened a peaceful protest but some hoodlums and enemies of the Institution gained entrance through another route to perpetrate these nefarious acts.
Meanwhile he reiterated that the union maintains its stance on the need for a 24hours Working Medical Centre for the Institution.
“That the case of Aminu Sheu Hammed should not be swept under the carpet, hence, thorough investigation should be made to confirm If any Medical Staffs had truly refused to give medical attention to him at the point of death and that we demand necessary sanctions to be meted out if the truth of the matter is established,” he posited in the release.