There was pandemonium at the University of Ilorin on Friday as some students lost consciousness during stampede that occurred at The University’s CBT Centre.
While stories went round among the institutions students that one of the students who suffered asthmatic attacks gave up while being rushed to the teaching hospital along others who also fainted, the University said no case of death was recorded.
The Institution’s Director of Information, Mr. Kunle Akogun, in a telephone interview with the NPOreports debunked the claims adding that some students only suffered a medical condition known as hyperglycemia because of their failure to eat before coming to the examination hall.
High blood sugar, or hyperglycemia, is a major health concern, and can affect people with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, according to Wikipedia.
The medical condition is of two kinds: Fasting hyperglycemia, this is blood sugar that’s higher than 130 mg/dL (milligrams per deciliter) after not eating or drinking for at least 8 hours.
However, Akogun said five of the students only suffered exhaustion and were rushed to the varsity clinic.
“There was no death recorded. Although, out of exhaustion some students were rushed to the University clinic and they were discharged.
‘When I got in touch with the Director of Health Service, he said some of them did not eat before they came for the examination and in the process of pushing and trying to get spaces some of them suffered exhaustion and they were promptly rushed to the clinic due to the availability of our standby ambulance at the CBT centre.
‘So, about five of them were taken to the hospital and three of them were promptly discharged and came back to write the examination while the two others are being treated. No death was recorded at all.”
It was gathered that the stampede was as a result of struggle amongst over 2000 students trying to get a seat in the hall for CBT exams with about 300 computers.
As at Friday evening, there were anxieties among the students of the institution over the fate of one of the students.
There were calls on the authorities of the University to make categorical statement on the death rumour.
The University, located in the North Central region of Nigeria is believed to be the preferred University of first choice among many Nigerian students.
The institution is reputed to follow academic calendar in a manner that ensures timely graduation of its intakes as opposed to delays experienced in many other institutions as a result of disruptions in academic programme through labour issues between the staff and the institutions.