The Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Prof Florence Obi, has directed the Medical Board of the institution to urgently conduct a thorough investigation into the circumstances leading to the death of a student, Miss Precious Agini.
The deceased, Miss Agini, was a third-year student of the Department of Library and Information Science, who died on Saturday, January 28 at the institution’s Medical Centre.
The order for investigation is contained in a release signed on Sunday in Calabar by the university’s registrar, Mr Gabriel Egbe.
Egbe said the VC as well as the entire institution, valued the lives of students and were devastated by the painful loss reported at the Medical Centre of the institution.
The Medical Board is to investigate the circumstances surrounding the deceased’s admission at the University Medical Centre.
“The Medical Board is also to determine if the death could have been prevented, and examine the roles played by the individual workers of the Medical Centre in managing the patient.
“The Board is also expected to establish the veracity or otherwise of allegations of carelessness or negligence of duty among the staff members of the hospital in handling the patient and advise management on how to avoid a reoccurrence of similar situations in the future.
“The report of the Board is expected to reach the VC on or before February 2, 2023,” Egbe said.