Students of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) on Tuesday protested at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, UBTH, over the death of one of their colleagues, who just graduated in the last academic session.
The aggrieved students in their numbers took over the UBTH premises located along the ever-busy Uselu-Lagos expressway over the death of Mr. Andrew Perez, a Director of Sports at the UNIBEN’s Faculty of Education.
One of the protesters, who spoke to CAMPUS GIST on the condition of anonymity, attributed the death of their colleague to alleged negligence on the part of the doctors.
She accused the doctors of abandoning the ex-student and allowing him to die after they had admitted him on emergency ground and paid all the necessary charges.
A clip obtained by CAMPUS GIST also saw one of the students accuse the Hospital of admitting the patient to an empty oxygen while he battled for his dear life.
Efforts to obtain comments from the Hospital’s Management proved abortive. As at press time, the phone line of the UBTH spokesperson was busy.
Meanwhile, CAMPUS GIST gathered that the deceased had complained of serious stomach upset and was rushed to the hospital where he died.
“Yesterday, Mr. Perez was screaming of stomach pain. We met the doctor, he said he was attending to another patient. He just came and gave him (Perez) an injection and left.
“They malhandled an emergency case and were turning us up and down for x-ray, scan etc. The last thing one of the doctors said was that his intestine was struggling with the scar from his previous [appendices] surgery.
“They connected pipe through his nostrils and privates that they were flushing his system, plus drip… he didn’t eat anything throughout yesterday …”, one of the students lamented.
As at the time of filing this report, officers from the BDPA police station, Ugbowo, have taken over the hospital premises where the protest is currently taking place.