Death of SS3 student in Akwa Ibom school sparks controversy (

Death of SS3 student in Akwa Ibom school sparks controversy


I was even squeezing her fingers, praying that she would come back to life.

She was taken home that night, we followed the uncle to the house and we got to our homes at midnight.

In the morning, I went back to see if she had woken up, and the uncle told me they had taken her to the morgue.

So after the school session that Friday, I and my team went back for a condolence visit to the mothers residence, that was when the family informed us that they wanted to carry out an autopsy and that they will carry us along, we accepted.

Asked if the deceased had an underlying sickness or any known medical condition, the principal said there was nothing of that nature to the best of her knowledge.

Everything was confusing considering the speed with which the whole thing happened, because we have had cases where parents came to carry their wards at 10pm to hospital and they survived.

We also have children with serious asthmatic attacks, but they survive.

We have Nebulizing machines here, we nebulize them before taking them to hospital.

The mysterious death of a Senior Secondary School 3 student in Akwa Ibom State has become an object of controversy.

The deceased, Edima Ini Umoh, was until her death a student of Full Life Academy, Uyo, Akwa Ibom.

It began as a minor complaint for headache but within the next few hours, Edima was no more.

Her death has now sparked allegations against the school authority.

But the school management on its part believes the mother of the deceased has a lot of questions to answer.

According to the Principal, Full Life Academy, Pastor Aniefonteabasi Victor Williams, everything happened in a flash as no one had the premonition of her death.

She said the deceased student complained of having a headache in the morning of that fateful day and the nurse gave her paracetamol, adding that she felt better and joined her mates for lunch at about 230 pm, during which she even demanded for extra food.

The Principal said, at about 400 pm of same day,, Edima complained of headache again, at that point the school nurse wanted to commence a malaria treatment so that the headache would not result to full blown fever she brought out a Coartem an antimalarial drug to administer to her but the deceased refused to take it and said instead they should inform her mother to get Amathem for her.

She explained that at that point, the school matron called Edimas mother and handed the phone over to the deceased to speak with her mother.

She further explained that Edima was telling the mother to pray for her about three times and asked her to come to the school immediately with Amathem and pepper soup the mother felt that she was overpanicking and asked her to calm down.

The Principal continued, The matron told us that shortly after Edima spoke with her mother, she became calm, and asked the hostel parent and hostel prefect who were on ground to allow her to rest and because of the headache, they felt it was proper to let her rest, the hostel parent assigned the school senior prefect who is her classmate to stay with her.

When we asked the head girl about what happened, she said that Edima was calm and later slept off, so she left her room to also sleep upstairs, not long after she (Edima) started snoring, being that they know her to snore while sleeping, they felt that it was normal.

After a while, the hostel parent said she returned to check those on Prep, if they were reading and to check on Edima who complained of headache.

That was when she saw white substance mixed with blood coming out of Edimas nose, at that point, she said she raised an alarm and there was panic everywhere, by the time they carried her out of the bed, she had already messed herself up.

She said they cleaned her up and the nurse tried resuscitating her while waiting for the doctors arrival.

Also in the child right law of Akwa Ibom state, you cant force anything on a child, as soon as the child said she doesnt want this particular drug, we dont have the right to force her to take it.

The mother was supposed to rush down to see what was happening first before going for a pepper soup which can even be bought in a restaurant.

She never gave the school any instruction, that since she was delaying they should do something to the child as others do, the school hoped on the mother to rush down.

We are meeting with the lawyer as a team this evening before we write officially and copy all the places the letter was sent to.

Since the letter was asking us to disclose the cause of the death, as we dont know, we are expecting the mother to tell us the cause, except the mother agrees to tell us if there is any family history concerning the childs health, we will not know.

During admission, there was a space to write about any underlying medical condition, the mother wrote none, and the medical report of the child she gave us proved that she was a healthy child.


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