Authorities of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), have dismissed as untrue, reports on the outbreak of an unusual virus amongst the students on campus.
The institution’s authorities refuted the claims in Osun State on Tuesday.
While on a visit to the OAU health centre, Channels Television also observed many empty bed spaces at the hospital while few patients were on ground to see the doctors for minor ailments.
Speaking to reporters, the Public Relations Officer and the Director of Health Centre of the institution, Abiodun Olanrewaju and Dr. Adedayo Irinoye, respectively said that the report on the outbreak of an epidemic was false as the students were writing their examination.
Dr. Irinoye said that the high traffic of students recorded at the health centre were only down with malaria fever due to examination stress and the heat occasioned by climate change.
“All we have is malaria endemic. The anxiety of examination coupled with poor nutrition caused the breakdown by some students.
“Climate change is another cause because the heat is much and it affects the body.
“The school would have cried out if they have perceived a strange disease,” he said.
While allaying the fear of parents and guardians against the rumoured virus, Mr Olanrewaju urged the public to refute the social media report where over 150 students were said to have been admitted.