At least 2 of the 25 students of Ogba Junior Grammar School, who , remain in critical condition at the emergency ward of Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, Ikeja.
According a to reliable hospital sources, the students Gbolahan Lawal and a female student, whose name is not known to the reporters, are still under close watch by doctors. Medics believe they have good chances of recovering.
Mrs. Isiwatu Lawal spoke to Vanguard over the weekend.
“It was one of his friends who told me what happened in their school while I was waiting for him to return. This is because he wasn’t sick before leaving home.
“When I inquired from his friends, they said the chemical released by a photo laboratory behind their school affected all the pupils including him. While some of the pupils affected were rolling, clutching their stomach and screaming, he didn’t.
“So on his way home, he slumped on Ogba Road. It was bystanders who came to his rescue. They took him to a hospital where first aid was administered on him, before he was transferred to LASUTH, Ikeja,” the victim’s mother narrated.
Mrs. Isiwatu Lawal noted that her son complained of chest pain earlier and began vomiting the following day.
“At present, he is about receiving another drip. But the doctors have assured us that he will be stable in few hours.
She stated that Gbolahan was the only male among the five students critically affected by the chemical, adding, “he is the only one in his ward. I don’t know where others are.”
In the meantime, Dr. Jide Idris, Lagos State Commissioner for Health, has said over the weekend that there have not been any new cases of confirmed cholera in the state aside the three earlier confirmed cases reported since the detection of the epidemic prone disease:
“Following the notice alerting the public to the cases of cholera in some parts of the state, various organs of the government like the Ministry of Health, Information and Strategy, Environment, Water Corporation, Waste Water Management Office, Rural Development and Water Regulatory Agency have risen to the occasion, and have been working tirelessly to contain the spread. Since that time, we have not recorded any new cases of confirmed cholera.”