- Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, another state is coping with the outbreak of a strange illness
- Sokoto state officials revealed that the disease has affected 30 students of a federal government college
- Statistics show that the cause of the students’ condition has not yet been identified
A report by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) indicates that an outbreak of a strange disease has affected 30 students of the Government Girls College in Sokoto state.
Abdurrahaman Dantsoho, the director of Sokoto state public health department, confirmed the development at a media briefing on Thursday, March 25.
Danstoho explained that the cause of the students’ condition which started on Tuesday, March 23, has not yet been ascertained.
It was gathered that the infected students were rushed to the Sokoto specialist hospital where they received treatment until they were discharged.
Sokoto state commissioner for science and technology, Kulu Haruna, on the other hand, said the state government has sent 10 medical doctors to the school.
She revealed that as a result of the quick intervention of the state government the situation was brought under control.
The director of Sokoto state public health department said samples of water, food, and other surrounding materials have been collected for analysis into the disease, according to Sahara Reporters.
Danstoho speaking to journalists also debunked reports that a student died during hospitalisation. He stated that the ministry was not aware of such rumour.
The outbreak which occurred on March 11, is said to have been caused by contaminated water and local drink.
The director of the Disease Control in Kano state ministry of health, Dr Bashir Lawan, confirmed the incident to the publication. Lawan said the ministry of health has held a meeting over the outbreak.
Following the shutdown, the school authority sent a notice to parents and guardians, on Sunday, February 14, to pick up their children and wards.
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