Following the continuous closure of Queens College, Yaba, after the passing of the third Praise Sodipo as a result of diarrhea outbreak in the school, the Lagos State Government, has stated that the students will undergo fresh medical tests to prevent more deaths.
This development was announced after a meeting involving representatives of the Federal Government, the Queens College Principal and other stakeholders which held yesterday, April 4, 2017.
The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, said that the test became necessary due to the nature of the disease that hit the school. “Because of the polymicrobial nature of this occurrence, continuous screening, follow up and monitoring will continue for all students and staff of the school,” he said.
Commenting on the continued closure, Dr. Idris explained that the government was not satisfied with the series of tests carried out on the water facilities in the school yet.
“I can’t tell you when the school will be opened, but I can tell you that for now, it will remain closed because the tests carried out on the water system in the school showed that there are still many organism, junks and with this, we can’t allow the school to reopen.
“When the students will resume largely depends on the positive result from the water system. So far, we have carried out laboratory test on five of their water sources. We are satisfied with three and until the remaining two are fully corrected, the school will remain closed,” he said.