The state deputy governor, Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo, has called on the Federal Government and the authority of the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital to investigate the circumstances that led to the death of female student, Miss Kelechi Precious. Banigo made the call while reacting to the demise of the female student which led to a protest by students of the university. She described the incident and circumstances surrounding the death of the female student as unfortunate.
Banigo condoled with the Management and Students of the University of Port Harcourt for the untimely demise of a 200 level Theatre Arts Female Student, Kelechi. According to Banigo, the demise of Kelechi is a wakeup call on Hospital Authorities, Nurses and Doctors in both public and private sectors to be alive to their responsibilities to patients.
The Deputy Governor lamented that such an incident happened at a time when there have been repeated calls by the Governor Wike-Led Government for Medical Practitioners to always show compassion in their Profession. Banigo prayed God to grant the family of the deceased the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss while calling on the Students to remain calm and desist from taking laws into their hands.
It would be recalled that thousands of UNIPORT blocked the East West Road for several hours on Monday to protest the death of a sick female student who died at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) premises.
Our correspondent gathered that a female student, simply identified as Kelechi slumped in the female hostel Sunday night and was rushed to UPTH. But, according to some students, the nurses and doctors refused to admit Kelechi despites pleadings from her friends and colleagues on the excise that there was no bed space.
The sources continued that the action of the adamant nurses attracted more students and more pleadings but the nurses refused to attend to Kelechi and she died in their presence at the hospital. When the students realised that Kelechi was dead, the went on rampage from the hospital premises and smashed the windscreen of any vehicle parked within the premises.
-Tony Ita Etim, Port Harcourt