The University of Ilorin community has been thrown into mourning following the death of a female student of the institution. grapevine gathered that the ongoing strike by resident doctors and health workers at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) in Kwara State claimed the life of the female student.

Activities have been paralysed at the hospital since May 7 when resident doctors embarked on strike as the situation worsened this week when other health workers declared an indefinite strike.

The student who was said to have taken ill last week was admitted at the university’s clinic for three days. She was later referred to the UITH when her illness deteriorated but on getting to the hospital, it was discovered that doctors were not on ground to attend to her, and she died while being moved to another hospital.

Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor Abdulganiyu Ambali who confirmed the incident at an interactive session with newsmen debunked rumours that she died after rape.

According to him, the rumour of rape has no truth because the university has a robust security system that combines modern policing with traditional outfits.

“Let me say there is no iota of truth in that rumour .The rumour is not true. We lost a lady based on natural sickness…She was admitted for about four days in the school clinic. When her condition was deteriorating, she was rushed to the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital unfortunately there was strike”, he said.

The VC decried the incessant strikes in universities and hospitals across the country, advising that unions and the management should always work out ways of keeping the system working. He said the university had zero tolerance for cultism, examination malpractice and dress code, warning the students to comply with the rules.

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