Folashade Salako, OAU best Pharmacy graduating student 2019 and winner of Shalina Young Talent Award (SYTA) maiden edition, died Monday evening after sustaining head injury in a ghastly auto-accident in Ibadan, Oyo State.
Confirming her demise to Pharmanewsonline, the President, Pharmaceutical Association of Nigerian Students (PANS), Faculty of Pharmacy, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Micheal Olusola, expressed the sorrow and grief that has gripped the faculty and members of the association since the news of her death filtered to the faculty.
Narrating the scenario that led to her death, he said “When the news reached the faculty that she was involved in a fatal accident in the Ibadan metropolis, requiring a brain surgery, funds were raised from different quarters for her for the surgery in collaboration with the management of the University College Hospital, UCH, Ibadan,where she had her internship.
“The surgery was successful initially, and we were expecting her to bounce back to live but it was around 10:17 pm we got the sad news that she didn’t survive it. Her remains had been laid to rest today in Ibadan by her colleagues”, he explained.
The 500-Level Pharmacy student described the late Salako as a very reputable pharmacist with lots of positive vibes, whom the younger colleagues look up to as a beacon of hope and encouragement. Her death is so painful to us at the faculty because we were expecting her back as she planned to return to the institution for lecturing.
Pharmanewsonline reports that a friend of the deceased, with her Twiiter handle as “@gracii_funso: had earlier announced her death on Twitter Tuesday morning, blaming it on poor management of road accidents in the country.
Her tweet reads: “If road traffic accidents were managed well, Folashade Salako best graduating student OAU Pharmacy School, winner of Shalina’s international Young Pharmacist Award wouldn’t have died this morning”.
While several friends and colleagues of the deceased have sent their last respect in reaction to the tweet, a Pharmanewsonline user with the name Elearnpro dropped her condolences on her award story published on the site. She said “Quite unfortunate to hear the demise of Sade. May God comfort her loved ones”.
Other reactions to the announcement of her death are as follows:
@Koromone_K :”Omg, what happened??? This is such sad news.Disappointed face”.
@JayMaesterJay: “Quite an intelligent and a brilliant soul, ever full of energy and always eager to take on challenges. Your demise is, to us, heart-rending! May God rest your soul Shade. Amen”. @RethOmari : ”Oh my goodness. Jesus Christ”.
@greatsijuade :“Oh my goodness. May her soul rest in peace”.
@oluafolabi: “This is heartbreaking. So sorry”. @RethOmari: “God rest the dead. @OhhCantWait: “What a country. Broken heart. Squared SOS”.