The management of the Nigeria Maritime College (NMU) in Delta Relate says its student Okpeku Emmanuel Uhiosanobua died in Benin, days after exhibiting Covid-19-indulge in symptoms on campus. However Okpeku’s family and just a few of his schoolmates train the school has now now not reach effectively-organized about the tragedy, writes ROBERT EGBE.
The guidelines of Emmanuel Uhiosanobua Okpeku’s demise on March 7 in Benin, Edo Relate hit the Okerenkoko, Delta Relate-essentially based Nigeria Maritime College (NMU) neighborhood exhausting.
Okpeku, popularly called Uhi, change into a 20-year-ragged 100 level student of the department of Civil Engineering. He change into mentioned to enjoy taken in unhappy health on campus, got some sanatorium treatment on the NMU Health Centre, change into referred to and departed for Warri, and later Benin, where he died.
However the college and Uhi’s family enjoy disagreed on particulars of the events leading to his demise, with the family questioning the quality of healthcare he change into administered while within the college’s custody. A assertion by NMU management has additionally raised fresh questions. Aggrieved college students protested the demise on March 7 and 8, accusing the NMU of negligence. In step with them, the school failed in its accountability of care to Okpeku, adding that the scientific services and products on campus were below par.
They additionally flooded social media, especially Instagram and Facebook, with their tearful tributes and claims. Movies of the protests showed some college students alleging that Okpeku change into administered expired medications, however no proof change into equipped for the claim.
NMU management’s narrative
The assertion by NMU Registrar Dr Alfred Mulade expressed field over the unrest. It expressed reluctance to “join considerations on myth of reasonable emotions and trauma connected with the demise of a cherished one, to which the college shares non-public disaster and sadness”, however that it wanted to position the records straight, within the light of the weighty “misconceptions and misrepresentations being peddled in some sections of the media, capable of deceptive the unsuspecting public.”
It mentioned the college’s records showed that Okpeku visited the College Health Centre on March 4, 2021, and change into diagnosed with COVID-19-indulge in symptoms.
Mulade mentioned: “He change into diagnosed with and had the suspicion of considerations touching on to COVID-19 symptoms, to which the College Health Centre deployed the compulsory COVID-19 protocols, as position by Nigeria Centre for Disease Regulate (NCDC) till confirmed by COVID-19 check.
“When the College Health Centre came during these symptoms, the Crew Focal Person for infectious diseases change into notified straight, who in turn notified the Native Govt Focal Person, where the Relate Epidemiologist change into knowledgeable promptly;
“i. The Relate Epidemiologist contacted the Ag. Director of the College Health Centre and directed that the student be referred to the Central Sanatorium, Warri COVID-19 Checking out Centre, accordingly;
“ii. The student change into given COVID-19 medications and Paracetamol injection that introduced down the temperature to a manageable level and change into made to proceed to Warri, into the waiting fingers of the Native Govt Focal Person;
“iii. The College scientific team monitored the scenario and came during that the student and his ultimate friend that accompanied him had their samples taken on Friday 5, 2021, and thereafter proceeded to Benin, where he change into admitted at Stella Obasanjo Sanatorium, and transfusion change into reportedly implemented, where he at final handed on; and
“iv. The outcomes of the Covid-19 check change into being monitored and awaited with the Relate Epidemiologist when data of his demise filtered into the College.”
Insist fuelled by ‘rumours’, says college
Mulade mentioned: “Since this incident broke, all efforts made by the College Management in direction of making sure that the college students and a few others saw the cause the deceased might maybe well well well now now not had been attended to, past the permissible limits allowed by extant laws, seem like misplaced interior the vicissitudes of hazy misinformation.
“The gullible college students riding on the uneven tide of lack of know-how, inadequate data, had been rash, brash, irreverence, of their reluctance, and novel-came during anomie, capable of being hijacked by enemies of the gadget.
“The College Management reasonably believes that sure persons, for causes top acknowledged to such person(s), is liable to be at work within the ignoble corridors of the rumour manufacturing facility, now now not minding the aloof disposition of our loved departed student, whose memory would continue to be cherished.”
He denied the claim of expired medications.
The Registrar added: “It ought to be succinctly positioned on document that, at no time change into inadequate remedy or expired medications ever administered on this student on the College Health Centre, opposite to reviews in sections of the media. Neither change into there any telephone conversation supposedly emanating from the College allegedly denigrating the personality and person of the deceased student.
“Alleged uncomplimentary remarks purportedly attributed to sure persons from the college neighborhood, are fully unsuitable and orchestrated to position off disaffection, arouse emotional trauma and chaos within the College, which enjoy change into field of an investigation by a panel position up by Management.
“However, College Management, as demonstrated within the dispatch of legit Delegation in Commiseration with the family, and to support the funeral ceremony, on Wednesday, 10th March 2021, and Friday 12th March 2021, respectively.
“We picture the departed student aloof repose. We shall continue to uphold the family in prayers and the LORD’s fortitude to endure this irreparable loss.”
Our narrative, by the Okpeku family
However the school’s clarification provoked a response from Okpeku’s family, which claimed that the college embellished the events to impress itself gaze staunch and steer obvious of accountability.
It pooh-poohed the NMU’s claims linking Okpeku’s demise with the radical coronavirus with out first acquiring a scientific document. In step with the family, a scientific document had since shown that Okpeku by no advance had COVID-19.
A assertion by Aigbe Okpeku on the family’s behalf accused the NMU management of taking part in video games to steer obvious of the implications of their negligence and breach of accountability of care.
Referencing Mulade’s assertion, it mentioned it change into designed to sway an unsuspecting reader that the NMU acted neatly, however that the information snarl otherwise.
The family mentioned: “Uhi fell in unhappy health on 28th February 2021 and visited the MNU effectively being centre on the 1st of March. He returned on the 2nd of March as he change into now now not feeling any better and change into in very noxious form. He change into therein admitted.
“His family change into now now not conscious till 3rd of March 2021 when his uncle, Ose Okpeku who’s resident in Lagos, made a random call to him all whereby he knowledgeable his uncle that he change into on the effectively being centre and in very noxious form as he has been unable to relish and with attendant disaster and fever.
“Questions posed by his uncle as to the symptoms he had and the remedy he had got and the solutions by Uhi were alarming similar to compelled Ose Okpeku to depend on to snarl with the scientific personnel on accountability on the mentioned time.”
Abandoned for a two-hour boat bolt?
In step with the family, the mentioned scientific hand change into unable to give “any sense of course” as to what precisely change into shocking with Okpeku and the remedy required.
It added: “He on the different hand mentioned to Ose Okpeku that Uhi displayed some symptoms of Covid -19 and that they were sending him to Central Sanatorium Warri for Covid-19 check.
“Realising that he change into being despatched unaccompanied on a two-hour boat bolt his uncle insisted that he desires to be accompanied by scientific personnel from the effectively being centre.
“When the effectively being centre change into now now not forthcoming, his ultimate friend volunteered to head with him. If his ultimate friend had now now not so volunteered, Uhi would enjoy needed to impress that two-hour boat recede on my own and in a truly noxious condition every bodily and psychologically. This we dare declare is in opposition to all acknowledged affected person care protocol.”
The family mentioned opposite to the NMU’s claim that association change into made for Uhi to head to Warri and “land within the waiting fingers of the Native Govt Focal Person,” it change into a family member who equipped the funds required to transport Uhi and his ultimate friend from the college effectively being centre to Warri.
“Upon arriving Warri on 3rd March 2021, the identical Uhi that change into supposedly anticipated by the Native Govt Focal Person might maybe well well well now now not be attended to on the Warri Central Sanatorium as he change into told that the unit had closed for the day and so he and his ultimate friend needed to connect at a hotel.
“A family member funded the bill to boot to we now enjoy the proof of switch of funds. Uhi’s sample and that of his ultimate friend were taken on 4th March and they were asked to leave,” the family mentioned.
It explained that extra stressful change into that “the NMU asserted that Uhi and his ultimate friend deserted the medicine that Uhi change into given on the quay. Here is now now not easiest ridiculous however beggars’ frequent sense as NMU had none of its scientific personnel in attendance.
“The absence of scientific personnel on this scientific outing is a lot extra demanding taken with the order Uhi change into in bodily and otherwise having been critically sick and unable to relish for 3 days.
“When the family assessed the way in which things were having a ogle, taken with the puny or no care he had got so far, and his overall bodily condition, an association change into made for Uhi to be taken to Stella Obasanjo Sanatorium, Benin where he change into admitted and one other Covid-19 check change into carried out. The consequence had now now not reach out as of 7th March 2021 when Uhi handed on.
“Opposite to the assertion of MNU, the family arranged for Uhi to be transferred to Benin and paid the whole scientific funds at Stella Obasanjo Sanatorium.”
Dispute over COVID
The family mentioned it requested for a put up mortem examination to accumulate out the cause on the support of demise “while the MNU made a assertion on 12th March 2021, the identical date Okpeku change into buried, claiming that he died from COVID-19 considerations.
“As on the time the NMU released the aforementioned press assertion, the COVID-19 check results were now now not out. The family is jumpy and deeply saddened that this kind of conclusion will in all probability be reached and broadcasted within the absence of any scientific strengthen.
“Thankfully, the COVID check consequence from Benin is now out and it reveals that Uhi didn’t contact COVID-19 as alleged by the NMU. The family has since been asking for for the of the check from Central Sanatorium Warri and in opposition to all acknowledged protocols change into knowledgeable that the check consequence had been despatched straight away to a doctor on the NMU.”
The family accused the NMU of taking part in video games and “orchestrating a broad house to duvet-up the circumstances that resulted in the avoidable demise of Uhi in a picture to steer obvious of the apt consequences of their negligence and breach of accountability of care within the way in which and formulation Uhi’s illness change into managed by the MNU.
“From the foregoing, we are compelled to query the NMU the next questions: What is the cause of the assorted untruths of their press liberate. Why is there an are attempting to duvet up sacred information? How famous of regard kind they’ve for Uhi’s memory given the propensity with which they’ve lied and attempted to duvet up their negligent handling of the young man’s scientific criticism? Why were they in a trudge to with ease blame the avoidable demise of Uhi on Covid-19 within the absence of confirmed check consequence or scientific document in that regard and lastly, why are they hoarding the scientific document of their custody?”