- Sokoto state government has ordered the immediate closure of Government Girl College
- This was necessitated by the cholera outbreak that hit the school
- Two students are reported to be dead following the outbreak
Following a cholera outbreak, the Sokoto state government has shut down Government Girls College, Mabera. The outbreak had already claimed the lives of two students before the action.
According to the state government, 70 students were affected but only 20 were currently at the isolation centre.
Speaking on the closure, commissioner for Science and Technology, Dr. Kulu Haruna, said the decision was necessary in order to address the problem, The Cable reports.
She said the rest students have been treated and discharged while the school which was fumigated would be opened when things normalized.
Daily Trust also reports that the government said there is no iota of truth in the allegation that the school operates unhygienic conditions.
Dismissing insinuations that the disease emanated from a new borehole in the school, Haruna added the outbreak was just a natural cause because there was a similar outbreak in other parts of the state.
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.