Diarrhoea: One student dead, 39 others hospitalised

Students that were infected with Diarrhoea
Students that were infected with Diarrhoea

A student of Government Girls Secondary School (GGSS) Kawo, Kaduna State, died on Monday while 39 others were hospitalised following an outbreak of diarrhoea in the school.

The incident occurred Sunday after the students reportedly complained of stomach pain and started vomiting, PREMIUM TIMES learnt.

The student died Sunday night after being taken to a private hospital for treatment.

A member of the State Disease Control Agency, Kaduna North branch, Suleiman Ibrahim, whose team visited the school on Monday confirmed this information to PREMIUM TIMES. He said the students suffered from gastroenteritis. The ailment is an intestinal infection marked by diarrhoea, cramps, nausea, vomiting and fever.

According to Mr Ibrahim, 39 students were rushed to Kawo hospital for treatment.

“After we received the information of an outbreak of students vomiting in the school, our team rushed down to see. 39 students were rushed to hospital in Kawo for treatment because they suffered from gastroenteritis, which we call vomiting and diarrhoea,” he said.

”A student died but we are yet to confirm if she actually died from same diarrhoea or vomiting,” he added.

Mr Ibrahim also said his team has ”educated and sensitised the other students on ways to take care of themselves”‎.

He also said the outbreak could‎ be as a result of the poor source of water which the students use.

“We have to take samples of the water for a lab test to ascertain the actual cause of the diarrhoea,” he said

A parent, whose daughter was affected, Ibrahima Yakubu, also confirmed the incident to PREMIUM TIMES adding that his daughter has been taken to the hospital.

“I saw about four ambulances belonging to Red Cross transporting the girls out of the school, including my daughter,” he said.

Meanwhile, the school authorities declined to comment referring the reporter to the ministry of education.

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