About 300 pupils of the Federal Government Girls’ College, Efon Alaaye, Ekiti State, have been hospitalised following an outbreak of an unknown disease.
Many initially thought it was cholera since the signs of the outbreak began on October 10; some of the pupils started vomiting and stooling.
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.
Moreover, it was gathered that Governor Ayodele Fayose had ordered the commissioner to mobilise healthcare workers to the school to manage the development.
Parents and guardians have started trooping to the school to check if their children and wards were among the victims.
Mrs. Grace Ogunyomi, the school Principal was said to have informed 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.
Dr. Folakemi Olomojobi, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, who spoke on behalf of the commissioner, confirmed that only 20 of the infected pupils were still in the hospital, adding that the ministry had brought in environmental health officials.
“We have alerted the water corporation to chlorinate their water. They have about six boreholes and we have them chlorinated, because we knew as professionals that the water could be a source.
“We are trying to look into their environment, so that we can get where such could have broken out. We want to know how they dump their faeces and how they dump their sewages.
“We have taken blood samples of affected pupils to the hospital and the 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 is not cholera,” she said.
The Commissioner assured the public that government would do everything possible to control the epidemic.