To: The Acting Vice Chancellor, University of Ibadan
ROVE BEETLE: A CAUSE FOR CONCERN IN THE UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN
Rove beetle, which is popularly called “skirt and blouse”, has been the source of major health concern of the students and other members of the university community lately. Many have been frequenting Jaja Clinic due to the mild and severe skin rashes and irritation resulting to puss filled wounds. It has also been reported that the toxin left behind by this insect has been causing near permanent facial marks on student-victims and the number of affected students is on the rise. Apart from the fact that majority of the student populace are still ignorant of the ways of the insect and the effects it has on its victims, it is important that drastic measure need to be taken to curtail these insects’ onslaught.
Here are some of the reactions of students concerning the health challenge:
AS A POINT OF INFORMATION:
A victim of the Skirt and Blouse menace did say that on complaining at Jaja Clinic, he was only offered paracetamol to ameliorate the ailment and venom. Ladies and gentlemen, paracetamol!
He was then compelled to go to Agbowo to get the appropriate medication.
AdearaOluwatimilehin Emmanuel Adeaga
Please!!! I want to use this medium to inform the union about and to look into the era of this insect called “skirt and blouse” (roove beetle), that changes ones colour un- informed after been killed on your body or skin…
IT IS NOT A JOKE BUT A SERIOUS MATTER AND VERY GERMANE ISSUE THAT.IT NEEDS A LOT OF ATTENTION.
LONG LIVE OUR UNION.
Alabi Yusuf Teejay
And when I pray for 1 or 2 weeks holiday again now, people would think am lazy or cursing……….
We are talking about SKIRT and BLOUSE here and not shirt and trouser……..
So, I will be surprised if the management eventually refuses to give us a little break and fumigate the entire UI community….
Although, exams start next week which might make the management think that we should endure till we finish it…… But I am yours sincerely; if these bedbugs should migrate to female halls, their tribal marks will be ticker than that of Yoruba deity….
When the health of students are being placed under risk, then trouble is looming…There is an outbreak of #Bed_bugs (Cimexlectularius) as well as #Tomcat_beetle (Paederusriparius) in Halls of residence and we shouldnot wait till the University Health Services (Jaja)gets filled up with students. To me this is a plague that must be terminated!
Welfarism of students should be primal and placed as the topmost priority…We want a total destruction of these insects and not tips on treatment of its forbidden bites and stings…
It is 2:30am in Nigeria and I’m here thinking about possible and fast solutions to reduce the Spread of the Insect and its venom (popularly called #SkirtnBlouse by Uites).
I guess before Fumigating the Hall of Residence (That’s if anybody will help us do that) we should all put into consideration the following safety precautions;
* There should be the instant use of Hand Sanitizers among students day in and out.
* The Use of Insecticides in individual Dorms.
* Increase/start usage of Nets if you have one.
* If contacted by the insect, wash your skin with Medicated soap and clean water.
I am aware that some halls have been terrorized by insects known as skirt and blouse, and I am informed, it emitted fluid on skin which can cause reaction for up to 8years if not treated, it there season you can only kill few by hand and the school fumigate just for that. So I think we can keep them from attacking us, by 1. Always wear clothes that coveryour body properly. 2. Change the bulb in your room to the yellow bulb, turn on the yellow bulb at night and turnoff the florescence, they are attracted to the white florescence bulb (you can observe at night to verify) and around the light they can mate…..Goodmorning
These are very few of the students’ reaction collated from the OFFICIAL GROUP OF THE STUDENTS’ UNION, UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN and the #FumigateUI hash tag has been trending on different online platforms and is necessary that action should be taken before unnecessary attention would be drawn to the University.
Having assessed the situation, it is crystal clear that the Rove Beetle scourge demands immediate attention for the sake of the University’s image and the health of the students generally. And on this note we hereby tend the following demands:
- The entire halls of residence, faculties and other public places around the campus should be fumigated.
- The Union of Campus Journalists is also not ignorant of the fact that some students may react negatively to the fumigants; we therefore request that there should be a break of one to two weeks for the strong effects of the fumigants to subside. This break should also mandate students to vacate halls of residence and the University environment for proper fumigation.
- Findings have shown that the bite of these insects cause infections, so we also request that antibiotics should be made available at the University Clinic (Jaja) and halls of residence for fast medication as there are reports already that Health workers in Jaja are only giving out paracetamol to affected students.
- In the course of the break, the power stability should also be worked upon and other general hygienic exercise should be carried out to make the University community conducive enough for students towards the forthcoming examinations.
Oredola Ibrahim Adesope Oluwafemi
President General Secretary
Acting Dean of Students
Students Representatives Council
Students Advocacy Council
Director, University Health Service
The University PRO
All Hall Wardens
All Faculty Wardens