Following cholera outbreak at Government Girls Secondary School (GGSS), Kawo in Kaduna North local government area of Kaduna State, two students has been feared dead while 55 others are hospitalised and receiving treatment.
Meanwhile, the Kaduna State commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Alhaji Ja’afaru Sani said, “As it is now, I was told that about 55 students were affected and now 40 have been admitted at General Hospital Kawo and 15 have been discharged and taken back to their various homes for further treatments.”
Explaining what led to the outbreak, Alhaji Sani said, “During the weekend, because of the power failure in the area, some of the boreholes are mal-functional which led some of the students to use the alternative well in the school which might have been contaminated.
“We received the report early this morning of the suspected outbreak of cholera and the situation prompted the commissioner of Health and Human Services to swiftly respond with a team of medical personnel to go and inspect the school and isolate those that have been affected and possibly do some remedial intervention before taking them to hospitals for further investigation.”
The commissioner assured the parents that there is no cause for alarm as the state government is doing everything possible to ensure that it is on top of the situation.
He however did not confirm the death of any of the affected students as it is being speculated.
Officials of the Red Cross have stormed the college as well as other emergency organisations to put the situation under control. A source who pleaded for anonymity confirmed that 42 students were evacuated from the school as a result of having diarrhea and vomiting.
Kaduna State health workers were equally deployed to the school to manage the situation, this is just as officials of State’s Ministry of Health and principal of the school who were equally on ground will not comment on the issue as they are not authorised to do so.
However, Deputy Director, Disease Control Centre, Ibrahim Suleiman disclosed that he could only confirm 39 who have been evacuated from their hostels to the hospital.
According to him, “We have 39 cases of admission due to diarrhoea and vomit. We are yet to confirm the real cause but there is a lot of contamination around the water source the students are using which may be a serious contributory factor.
“Apart from these 39 students on admission, we are also investigating another 89 cases apart from diarrhea and vomiting.”
A parent simply identified as Ibrahim confirmed that the well, which is the only water source for the students was littered with excreta because the overhead tank in the school was not working thereby making it difficult for the students to use the toilet facility in the school.
“My daughter was affected. The school hygiene is too poor. There are excreta around the well where these children are getting water from”, he added.
This was coming even when the state government was trying to revamp education sector of the state.
The Education commissioner has assured that the state government will not leave any stone unturned to unravel the cause of the outbreak.