A final year undergraduate of the University of Lagos, Odusami Matthew Ajibola, has died after he collapsed while playing football last Friday.
Ajibola, an Estate Management 500-level student and some of his colleagues were playing football on the field when he became uncomfortable and took a rest on the sidelines.
On Saturday, the Secretary, Faculty of Environment Sciences Students Association, FESSA, an association Ajibola belonged to, in a statement announced his demise.
The statement reads, “We regret to announce the sudden demise of our colleague, brother, course mate, Odusami Ajibola Matthew, 500L student of the department of Estate Management, Faculty of Environmental Sciences,
Though he was at the Faculty as well as sport centre yesterday, his death is a big shock to us and we will always remember him.”
A medical expert told our correspondent that late Ajibola, who hailed from Ogun State may have died of adult meningitis considering the severe headache and stiff neck he had before he died.
The expert, who craved anonymity, explaining that autopsy was being awaited to confirm causes of his death, said,
“It was very likely he died of meningitis because of the headache that was accompanied by stiff neck.
“He would have been feeling dizzy, and experienced headache before he collapsed on the football field but chose to play down the seriousness of his illness. Adult too do have meningitis.
“About 25% of those who develop meningitis have symptoms that develop over 24 hours. Others become ill over one to seven days. The classic symptoms of meningitis are fever, headache, and stiff neck. Unfortunately, not everyone with meningitis has all of these symptoms.”
The expert explained further: “Bacterial meningitis is a common germ living harmlessly in the nose and throat of about 1 in 4 people. These people are called carriers. This bacterium does not survive outside the body. Close contact is needed to pass it on to others, such as intimate kissing, coughing, or sneezing near to others.”