The Obafemi Awolowo University has been hit by a mysterious fever epidemic, with students thronging the varsity’s health centre for treatment.
A visit to the institution’s largest student hostel, Awolowo Hall, showed that many of the rooms had at least one student who had fallen ill. One of the rooms, which has 8 occupants, had five of them already fall ill this past week.
An average of five students stay in a room in the hostel officially although the figure is often up to a dozen due to the shortage of student accommodation.
Some of the symptoms complained of by students include high temperature, vomiting, dizziness, stomach ache and headache.
One of the doctors on duty attributed the increased illness to the harsh weather and lack of rest by students. Other health workers, who confirmed the increase in number of students appearing at the centre, however. said the situations in the hostel may have made the conditions worse.
The spokesperson of the university, Olanrewaju Abiodun, however allayed the students fears.
“There is no strange fever in Obafemi Awolowo University. Most of these allegations are unfounded. In fact I have visited hostels and I saw students watching football. Are these the sick students? We have over thirty five thousand students in Obafemi Awolowo university and if some microscopic few are sick then why such panic.”
Mr. Abiodun hinted that some of the students might be stressed due to preparations for upcoming examination in the school.
“The Chief Medical Director has even said there is no strange virus in Obafemi Awolowo University. We are having normal examination tension, so all is well,” he said.