Ola ‘Kiya, Reporting
A yet-to-be-identified student billed to write the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) School of Nursing Post UTME exam on Saturday morning slumped.
The incident occurred amid downpour at the University of Benin campus, venue of the exercise during a near-fatal stampede that ensued among a crowd of parents and students due to poor organisation.
Stonix News gathered that as of 7:30a.m which was billed for the exam to commence, nothing was near the semblance, as the mammoth crowd at the venue became more restless and rowdy.
As of 8:58a.m, the officials in charge were said to be pasting the names of the candidates on the wall – the situation that led to the stampede as parents and their wards struggled to check their names.
It was further gathered that the female candidate, who fainted, was resuscitated by a fellow candidate who was graciously armed with an inhaler.
“Exams billed for 7.30a.m yet to commence. Parents and students almost stampeded themselves due to lack of proper organisation.
“Names are still being pasted for students to get their seats/ exam number.
“The girl that fainted is asthmatic. A fellow student quickly helped her with inhaler to resuscitate her,” a terse message received from a parent at the venue noted.
As of 9:48a.m when this story was being compiled, the source said the exam hasn’t started.
Videos obtained by Stonix News showed parents and their wards surging to check up their names and seat numbers while in another video, they are armed with umbrellas as the morning rain continues unabated.
It will be recalled that Nursing has assumed the status of a hot cake in most Nigeria’s institution due to the “japa” syndrome – emigration for greener pastures which abound for medical personnel including nurses.