Queens College: Reps Summon Education, Health Ministers Over Death Of Three Pupils
The House of Representatives has summoned the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, and his counterpart for health, Prof. Isaac Adewole over the recent diarrhea epidemic that claimed lives of three pupils of Queens College, Yaba Lagos.
Also summoned with the public officers was the former Principal of the prestigious college, who was the head of management when Diarrhea ravaged the school.
Three of the 1, 222 pupils namely, Bithia Itulua, Vivian Osunniyi and Praise Sodipo contacted diarrhea through the consumption of contaminated water at the college.
In its resolution through a motion by the Majority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, the house lashed out to the public officials for their lackadaisical attitude, asking them to submit their welfare report within two weeks.
At present, the school is still closed but the lawmakers called on the ministers to ensure adequate medical attention is given to other students who are still in hospital receiving treatment.
Gbajabiamila, further directed the Minister of Health to take all necessary steps to prevent future occurrences and also bring any personnel, if necessary, to book if any act of negligence was established.
Gbajabiamila had in the motion, informed the House that due to the outbreak of epidemic, it was reported in the media that about 1,222 students were affected, while three died.
He said: “The reports attributed the outbreak of the epidemic to contamination of the water sources in the school with various pathogens, and general unhygienic environment, and that the deaths of the students are traceable to their exposure to the unhealthy and unhygienic environment of the school.