NEWS 300 col­lege stu­dents hos­pi­talised for di­ar­rhoea

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Doyin Ade­busuyi, Ado Ek­iti

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.

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