Controversy trails Linguistics student’s death
The Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK) in Awka, Anambra State, was thrown into mourning, following the death of 300-Level Linguistics student, Miss Sochinmma Amanda Iloka.
The late Sochinma, 23, died on Sunday evening, days after she finished her examination. CAMPUSLIFE gathered that she took ill during the examination, but delayed treatment because of the exam.
After the examination, her condition worsened, prompting her colleagues to rush her to a hospital in Regina Caeli area of Awka where she was said to have been diagnosed with acute malaria. Hours after, she was pronounced dead.
According to her close friend, Ijeoma Elodimma, the late Sochinmma delayed the treatment because of the exam. She said: “On Sunday, her illness became complicated and we felt she required medical attention. She was rushed to the hospital. Doctors battled to save her life, but she could not make it.”
Her course mate, who pleaded for anonymity, said the late Sochinmma may have died as a result of wrong diagnosis and medication. During the exam, the source said the deceased approached a nurse, who gave her drugs. When her condition did not improve, the source added that the late Sochinmma went to El Dorado Hospital close to the school temporary campus, where she was allegedly diagnosed with typhoid fever.
“It leaves many of us confused if another doctor is now saying Sochinmma had acute malaria. Which one should we believe?” the source queried.
Her hostel mate, who declined to give her name, noted that Sochinmma “screamed in pain” before she was rushed to the hospital.
Her colleagues broke down in grief, following the news of her death. They held a procession on the campus, clad in black clothes. They held leaves and chanted dirges as they moved round the school to mourn her.
Her course mate, Dizzy Tobechukwu, described her as a “very friendly person who was always ready to assist”, saying her death was painful.
Addressing the mourners, Head of Linguistics Department, Dr Chinedu Uchechukwu, described the death as “a painful loss”, advising the students to pay attention to their health.
The late Sochinmma hailed from Akwaeze in Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State, where she was buried.