As part of efforts to avert sudden death among students, the authority of the University of Ibadan, UI, yesterday said the institution would conduct screening to ascertain health status of all its students annually.
It would be recalled that on May 7 this year, the students of the premier university embarked on a protest due to the sudden death of their colleague, Mayowa Alaran, a 200 Level student of Kinetics Department of the institution while watching football at the Independence Hall of the institution.
The asthmatic student was said to be among other students in the stuffy and heated venue when he had an attack. He was rushed to the Jaja Clinic of the institution where he later died.
While addressing journalists at the senate chambers yesterday, vice chancellor of the university, Professor Isaac Folorunso Adewole said the institution was pained with the death of Master Alaran and commiserated with the family of the deceased and the students.
Professor Adewole, who made the declaration while briefing journalists on the outcome of the interim report of the committee set up to investigate the death, further said that his administration would purchase one additional ambulance plus the one on ground to make attendance to emergency a lot easier.
The VC, who debunked the allegation that Jaja Clinic of the institution is a dead trap, declared that the interim report showed that the boy was already dead before getting to the clinic.
Prof. Adewole emphasised that he had told the management of Jaja Clinic to make sure it re-gain the confidence of the students, saying that the allegation against the institution’s clinic was due to lack of confidence of the students.
Adewole noted that the committee could not ascertain the cause of death of Master Alaran because the parents did not allow post-mortem because of their Muslim faith.
He stated that the management of the institution would continue to move closer to the students through regular discussions.

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