Medical student commits suicide for failing exams

Posted by Mike Odiegwu, Yenagoa | 22 May 2019 | 2,027 times

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•Uzakah Timi Ebiweni

A 300 Level medical student of the Niger Delta University (NDU) has committed suicide for failing to pass his examination.

It was gathered that the student identified as Uzakah Timi Ebiweni, dived into the Amassoma River and drowned before help could get to him.

It was gathered that few hours after Ebiweni’s incident, another student attempted to kill himself by running into a fast-moving commercial motorcycle but was immediately rescued by students.

Ebiweni, a student of Surgery and Medicine at the faculty of Basic medical sciences decided to kill himself following his failure to realise his dreams.

It was learnt that he was among the 40 students disqualified in the results that were released on Friday.

Ebiweni, who found the development a bitter pill to swallow, was said to have started giving a hint of his suicide decision through his WhatsApp status.

He was said to have initially posted a candle light and later changed it to the picture of a candle with its light blown out.

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The first female President of the Federated African Medical Students’ Association (FAMSA), Esite Winifred lamented the development.

She said: “Today, a medical student took his life after failing his professional exams.

“This brought back a lot of memories. Especially how I can’t count the number of times lecturers used to spread negativity and discouragement at the initial phase of medical school.

“Please, this should at least be a wakeup call to all students and lecturers in the Faculty. It is not your destiny to demoralise young people who want a certificate.

“Mentor and uplift them or be quiet. Nothing at the end of the day is worth dying for … especially not Medicine and Surgery.” (The Nation)


Source: News Express

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