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Outrage As Ogun Poly Pregnant Student Dies Of Alleged Negligence



A pregnant female student of Federal Polytechnic Ilaro, Ogun State, Abimbola Ajayi, has died due to alleged negligence by the staff of the institution’s clinic.

Ajayi, an HND student of Leisure and Tourism Department was reportedly rushed to the clinic for treatment following some complications, but she was not attended to promptly by the health workers who allegedly demanded for her card before the treatment.

Some of the students who spoke on condition of anonymity said the student was writhing in pains despite the plea that she should be attended being an emergency case.

Witnesses said when the clinic card was produced, the clinic directed that she be transferred to a private hospital outside the institution, Ore Ofe clinic and maternity home, for treatment.

It was learnt that the pregnant student was pronounced dead shortly after her arrival at private hospital.

But, the school management has denied alleged negligence in the death of Ajayi.

The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Polytechnic, Sola Abiala in a statement made available to journalists on Thursday said the medical reports obtained from the Director, Medical Services of the institution showed that Ajayi died as a result of pregnancy related complications.

The school said, Ajayi who was reportedly brought to the institution’s clinic was accompanied by her boyfriend and when the clinic found out that it might be unable to give her proper treatment, it referred her to a private hospital outside the institution.

The statement partly reads “our attention has been drawn to the unfortunate death of one of our students, Miss AJAYI Abimbola Adejoke, an HND student of the Department of Leisure and Tourism of the Polytechnic, who died as a result result of pregnancy related complications.

“According to the medical report obtained from the Director, Medical Services of the institution, (as attached), the deceased was rushed to the clinic from a practical class complaining of abdominal pains.
Please read the above report for clarifications.

“However, the reports going viral on some social media did not present the true picture of the sad and unfortunate incident.

“The deceased was accompanied by her boyfriend to the clinic and he confirmed that the late student was actually pregnant.

“Realising that the Clinic might not be able to treat the case properly, due to it’s nature, she was quickly referred to a private hospital in the town and was conveyed to the said hospital in one of the institution’s ambulances, accompanied by a nurse and the boyfriend of the deceased.

“Her parents were promptly contacted, and they reportedly came to Ilaro.

“The Dean, Student Affairs of the institution, Dr. J. O. Omowunmi confirmed that the parents of the deceased had taken the remains of the deceased back home in the Polytechnic’s ambulance.

“In as much as the Polytechnic regrets the unfortunate incident and commiserate with the parents, it is pertinent to reiterate that the death of Miss Ajayi was not as a result of negligence by the clinic as being peddled, but as a result of pregnancy related complications.

“The Rector, Dr. M. A. Akinde, FCA, FCIT on behalf of the management, staff and students of the Polytechnic hereby commiserates with the parents, friends, classmates of the deceased and pray for the repose of her soul by Almighty God”.