Queens college Yaba shut down a parents protest

According to the report, the parents who were

at the Children’s Emergency ward of the

Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, to

support parents of two of the critically ill

students still on admission at the hospital,

said: “The planned protest is still under wraps

because some of us have been meeting and

we have plans to unveil our displeasure should

we find that by Sunday, March 19 when our

children are expected to return to school,

there are unresolved grey areas to guarantee

healthy living for the girls.”


One of the parents who pleaded for anonymity

expressed his displeasure at the manner

government treated the allegations of

“injection outbreak” in the school, saying: “We

have been monitoring media reports on the

issue and we are still surprised that till now,

except for what we pick here and there from

among parents, there has not been a public

statement by either Federal Ministry of

Education or even Lagos State Ministry of

Health which we are told is investigating the

problems in the school.”

Don’t reopen until safety of students assured


Meantime, the Lagos State government

yesterday said that the safety of students of

Queens College, Yaba, Lagos, should be

assured before the school is reopened, even

as it confirmed that two students of the

school died as a result of water-borne


The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide

Idris who disclosed this in Lagos while briefing

the press on the outcome of the investigation

into the deaths, advised that the school

resumption should be delayed till appropriate

measures are put in place to remove sources

of contaminants causing ill health and deaths

of students.

“We wish to advise that the school resumption

be delayed till appropriate measures have been

put in place for the safety of the students,” he

noted, even as he recommended urgent need

for water disinfection and sterilization of all

water points in the school.

According to Idris, water samples from 16

sources in the school premises were collected

and analysed at Drug Quality Control

Laboratory of the Lagos State Ministry of

Health at the Lagos State University Teaching

Hospital, LASUTH, and the Microbiology

Department of LUTH, Idi-Araba.

“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


He said a breakdown of the outbreak showed

that available health records from the school’s

sick bay indicated onset of illness was on 16th

January 2017.

“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 (11/1/17) to the

last date of presentation (15/2/17). There

were four different peak periods of infection

namely 31st January 2017, 2nd, 8th and 14th

of February 2017.

“Sixteen 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 in






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