Lagos Urges Queens College To Delay Resumption

The Lagos State Government has recommended that Queen College delays its resumption till appropriate measures are taken to ensure the safety of the students.
According to the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, the recommendation is necessary to ensure that all the sources of contaminants in the school which had been causing the death of students are properly handled.
 Idris said the source of the problem is contaminated water.
“Water samples from six sources in the school premises were collected and analysed at Drug Quality Control Laboratory of Lagos State Ministry of Health at Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja. Another water samples from 10 sources were also collected and analysed at the Microbiology Department of LUTH, Idi-Araba.”
The commissioner said the results from the two laboratories showed high bacterial content in the water samples from the kitchen, behind dining hall and Queen’s delight, the school water factory. The bacteria range from Coliforms, Escherichia Coli, Salmonella, Klebsiella ozoana and Aeromonas hydrophila.
He said specimens collected from 40 kitchen staff revealed 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.
” All these out together implies a common source (continuous) outbreak showing repeated or continuous infection from exposure to the infectious agent. Findings from the investigation were consistent with Enteric Fever. The infection was most likely spread through contaminated water sources and infection by food handlers,” Idris. said
He said it is pertinent to once more enlighten the public on food, water-borne, sanitation and hygiene related diseases.

Source: TheNation


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