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Prof Florence Obi, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar, has asked the Medical Board of the varsity to urgently carry out a careful investigation into the circumstances leading to the death of a student.
The deceased, identified as Miss Precious Agini, was a third-year student of the Department of Library and Information Science, who died on Saturday, January 28 at the varsity’s Medical Centre.
The directive was contained in a statement issued on Sunday by the institution’s registrar, Mr Gabriel Egbe.
Egbe Stated that the VC and the entire university community value the lives of students and are saddened by the painful loss recorded at the Medical Centre of the institution.
He said, “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.”