Contaminated water: Lagos govt recommends re-opening of Queens College

by Azeez Adeniyi

The Lagos State government has recommended the re-opening of Queens College, Yaba after the satisfactory result from analysis of water samples from all water delivery points in the school.

The school had been shut for over two months after outbreak of diarrhea which killed three students.

The Commissioner of Health, Jide Idris disclosed this on Monday while giving an update on the outbreak of gastroenteritis in the School.

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He noted that the school authority in collaboration with the Parents Teachers Association (PTA), Old Girls Association and the Federal Ministry of Education had successfully addressed identified areas of lapses by instituting various control measures.

He said the contaminated water sources will be decommissioned, deployment of a single water source with water treatment, renovation of the dining hall, decontamination of the hostels and overhauling of the sewage system will also be done.

“I am delighted to inform you that based on the results of the analysis of the latest water samples collected on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, all water delivery points have been certified to conform to official specifications and I hereby recommend to the School Authority resumption of Students of Queens College, Yaba, Lagos,” he said.

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The commissioner, who also revealed that four out of the 25 infected kitchen staff that were treated and retested still harbour some bacteria recommended that the four kitchen staff be made to undergo further treatment, be prevented from handling food and redeployed from the kitchen area.

“Other pertinent recommendations are contained in report forwarded to the Federal Ministry of Health and the authority of the Queens College”, he noted.

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