Tension has taken over the very popular Queens College Yaba, Lagos as the Lagos state government has shut down the school indefinitely over the outbreak of a water-borne disease in the school.
The state’s Commissioner of Health, Jide Idris declared on Thursday, March 16 that the school’s resumption should be delayed until appropriate health measures are put in place for the safety of the students.
Two students have died since the emergence of the water-borne disease with more than 50 others currently on admission in the school’s clinic after eating spaghetti and drinking water in the refectory.
Idris added that, water samples were collected from the school and analyzed at the state’s Drug Quality Control Laboratory as well as the Microbiology Department of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).
The school is slated to reopen from its midterm break on March 19, but Mr Idris called for a postponement.
The results from the two laboratories showed high bacteria content in the water samples from kitchen, behind dining hall and Queens Delight, the school water factory. The bacteria range from Coliforms, Escherichia coli, Salmonella, Klebsiella ozoana, and Aeromonas hydrophilia.
The total number of students who presented at the clinic on account of abdominal pain, fever, vomiting and diarrhoea was 1,222 from the first date of presentation (11/01/17) to the last date of presentation (15/02/17). There were four different peak periods of infection namely 31st January 2017, 2nd, 8th, and 14th of February 2017. 16 ill cases were admitted in various hospitals. Nine have been discharged, two died, while one is still on admission at the Intensive Care Unit of LASUTH and three at LUTH.