The numbers are quite frankly, staggering.
The Lagos State Government has advised that the Queen’s College, Yaba, be shut down indefinitely for a proper treatment of the water system in the school.
These are some of the scary details we've learned;
At least 50 boarding students were admitted in the school’s sickbay after eating spaghetti and drinking water in the refectory.(Punch)
2 students died as a result; Vivian Osuiniyi and Bithia Itulua.
About 1,222 pupils reported to the school's sickbay to complain about symptoms like abdominal pain, fever and diarrhoea. This is based on a press release by the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris.
16 students were admitted in various hospitals. 9 had been discharged, and one was still on admission at the Intensive Care Unit of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja. 3 others were in the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi Araba.
6 water sources on the school premises were collected and analysed at the Drug Quality Control Laboratory of the Lagos State Ministry of Health in the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja
10 other water samples were also collected and analysed at the Microbiology Department of LUTH, Idi-Araba.
The large variety of bacteria found include Coliforms, Escherichia Coli, Salmonella, Klebsiella ozoana and Aeromonas hydrophila.
Specimens collected from 40 kitchen workers revealed that cysts of Entamoeba histolytica were isolated in the stool of 23 food handlers; Salmonella Paratyphi, the causative agent of Typhoid Fever, was also isolated from three food handlers.
There has been no statement from the Federal Minister of Health, Prof. Prof. Isaac Adewole, regarding the findings of the state ministry.
The new principal of Queen’s College, Mrs. Bola Are, has been unreachable for comments too.