Lagos Orders Shut Down Of Queens College
The Lagos State government might be heading for a showdown with the federal government.
This is because it has ordered the indefinite shutdown of Queens College over the outbreak of water-borne disease in the school.
This according to the state government is to enable a proper treatment of the water system in the school.
The school had been closed for the past two weeks to enable a health team to conduct adequate investigation into the incident.
The school, a federal government-owned institution, is billed to reopen on March 19.
Two students, Vivian Osuiniyi and Bithia Itulua–who were in Junior Secondary School two and three respectively have died since the outbreak of water-borne diseases in the school,
More than 50 others are currently on admission in the school’s clinic after eating spaghetti and drinking water in the refectory.
Jide Idris, the state’s Commissioner of Health, said appropriate measures should be put in place for the safety of the students.
He said results from samples taken from water sources in the school showed that the water was “polluted,” adding that the school’s food handlers were also culpable.
Meantime, some parents have threatened to take legal action against the school, saying someone must be held responsible for the two deaths in the college.
A parent, whose daughter fell ill during the midterm break, said parents might take legal action against the school.
He said he had spent about N70,000 on the treatment of his daughter, who is in Senior Secondary School two.
He said, “My daughter took ill two days after she came back from the school; she had acute typhoid. I have spent about N70,000 on her.