UNIPORT students protest over death of fellow student, shut down University hospital(UPTH)
UNIPORT student who were aggrieved over the death of a fellow student at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH), on Monday, chased all the doctors and nurses away and locked up the hospital gate, barring movement in and out of the health facility.
According to the students, the level of neglect on the students from the hospital was much, as over 20 of its students have died in UPTH.
The aggrieved students complained that their fellow students die on daily basis due to alleged carelessness of doctors and nurses serving in UPTH, adding that the management of the university should help review the relationship between the hospital and the school, as that would enable students to know their stand when critical health issues occur.
The protesting students, who came out in their number following the death of a 200 level student of Theatre Art, Miss Kel, first barricaded the East-West road before moving straight to the University Hospital where they allegedly chased all the medical officials on call as a show of exasperation over the loss.
Kel, had reportedly passed away on Sunday night in UPTH after doctors and nurses in the hospital allegedly left her unattended to from 6 a.m to 12 noon with excuses of unavailability of bed.
A final year student of Theatre Art, Miss Judith Oyila, who led the protest, said: “We are angry because we have lost another Theatre Art student in UPTH.
“She died because of neglect by the doctors and nurses in that hospital. How could it be that a student slumped and students rushed her to UPTH but the doctors left her for over six hours without treatment and the poor girl died?”
“We want the world to hear the injustice that we are facing here even in the hands of the doctors in our institution’s hospital. The doctors abandoned her without treatment.
“They gave excuses not worth it; saying there was no bed to admit her, no fuel, and no ambulance, until she died. The Doctors forgot that we pay for health,” Judith added.
“The School Management collects medical fees from students and the hospital staff do not care about the health of the students of the institution.
“We want the government to sanction the school and UPTH for this, as well as compel them to do a review of their policies as it concerns students’ health.”
The Public Relations Officer of the University of Port Harcourt, Mr. Obinna Wodi, as at press time, said he was not disposed to make any comments until the school authority meets with the Students’ Union Government.
Meanwhile, the development has frustrated activities in the hospital, causing some of the patients at the emergency ward to relocate to other hospitals.
Some patients in the wards, however, expressed fear that the development may result to strike by the doctors in UPTH.