ESUTH: The Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT) has officially acknowledged the deaths of six students, countering recent claims that 13 students had succumbed to mysterious illnesses within the institution.
A segment of students had demanded the university’s closure due to these reported deaths, accusing the administration of inadequate management.
However, the university’s Director of Public Relations, Ikechukwu Ezeanioma, clarified that only six students had recently passed away due to separate incidents. Ezeanioma emphasized that, aside from one case, all other fatalities took place outside the university premises.
Contrary to the false news circulating, which blamed the university’s medical center for the deaths, Ezeanioma clarified that no student had died in the medical facility since the tenure of the current vice-chancellor, Prof. Aloysius-Michaels Okolie, began a year ago.
Ezeanioma highlighted that these deaths were a result of different circumstances, including road accidents and suspected generator gas emissions. He criticized labeling such incidents as mysterious and misleading. He also pointed out that the majority of the students who passed away were living off-campus.
The statement further underscored the improvements in infrastructure and medical services at the University Medical Center, spearheaded by a capable team led by Medical Director Dr. Njideka Ken Njoku.
The university’s response aims to clarify and dispel rumors, address concerns, and provide a clearer picture of the situation.
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