Friday, October 23, 2015

Unknown illness hits Ekiti college, 300 pupils hospitalised

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No fewer than 300 pupils of the Federal Government Girls’ College, Efon Alaaye, Ekiti State, have been hospitalised following an outbreak of an unknown disease.
Signs of the outbreak, which many reportedly initially thought was cholera, began on October 10 when some of the pupils started vomiting and stooling.

However, the Ekiti State Government, through its Commissioner for Health, Dr. Olurotimi Ojo, has...
dismissed the disease as “diarrhoea”, just as it has begun an investigation into its cause.

Parents and guardians have started trooping to the school to check if their children and wards were among the victims.
The Principal, Mrs. Grace Ogunyomi, was said to have reported the case to the State Government on Wednesday for prompt action.
The authorities of the school have been taking the affected pupils to Efon General Hospital since the epidemic started.
Of the about 300 pupils said to be infected, only 31 of them were still receiving treatment while others had been treated and discharged, a source, who craved anonymity, revealed on Thursday.
Although it was suspected that the pupils contracted the sickness through food or water, a teacher, who spoke under anonymity, confirmed that medical examination of samples of their water and food proved otherwise.

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