NEWS 300 college students hospitalised for diarrhoea
Over 300 students of the Federal Government Girls’ College, Efon Alaaye, Ekiti State, have been hospitalised for diarrhoea.
Daily Trust gathered that some of the students were discharged after treatment.
The development triggered serious panic across the state, as parents whose wards are in the school trooped in to confirm the health status of their kids.
Sources told journalists that some students started showing signs of the illness on October 10 by vomiting and stooling uncontrollably.
When it persisted, principal, Mrs Grace
Ogunyomi, was said to have reported the case to the state government on Wednesday, October 21, for action.
The source said the students were not infected at the same time.
The source further stated that samples of the food and water being consumed by the students were taken for
the laboratory analysis. “But the result showed that the problem was not caused by the food or water,” the source added.
When contacted, Permanent Secretary in the state Ministry of Health, Dr Folakemi Olomojobi, who spoke on behalf of the Commissioner for Health, Dr Olurotimi Ojo, said about 300 students were affected, but that only 20 of them were still undergoing treatment.
She said Governor Ayodele Fayose ordered the commissioner to deploy professionals and drugs to help in stemming the spread of the epidemic.
Dr Ojo said the Ministry of Health brought in environmental health officials, while many professionals are still being deployed to tackle the crisis.
“We alerted the water corporation to chlorinate their water. They have about six boreholes and we have chlorinated them, because we know as professionals that the water could be a source. We are trying to look into their environment, so that we can find the actual cause. We want to know how they dispose their faeces and how they dump their sewages. We have also taken the blood samples of students infected to the hospital and preliminary test shows that it was not cholera. It was diarrhoea and vomiting. We are sending the samples for further test to confirm that it was not cholera”, she said.
The commissioner urged members of the public not to panic, saying government would take action to put the situation under control.