…’The flu may reoccur if our facilities are not put in shape’
By Elizabeth Uwandu
Students of Queens College,Yaba, who were sent home following reports that a good number of them came down with flu few days ago, have frowned at their inability to gain entrance into the school for not presenting a signed medical report.
One of the senior students, who pleaded anonymity, told our correspondent on Thursday that, “ We are boarders but we were sent home to treat ourselves after we complained of fever, cold and catarrh. However, on coming back to school today, we were denied access because we did not come with signed medical report. They refused to accept that we are medically fit even though we told them that we are,” she said.
The students, who were outside the school gate as at 12 noon on Wednesday, said although the flu that brought about their being sent home last week, was not related to water borne disease as reported by some media, they revealed that the chances of experiencing an epidemic was imminent as the facilities in the school hostels were not properly maintained.
“We are afraid because the kind of epidermic that affected our school two years ago may come back as we now live with big rats. The hostels are over crowded. Besides that, the facilities are not okay, the toilets are bad due to lack of running water; the lights are not bright enough to enable us read at night, “ said an SS two student.
Another senior student also disclosed that, “ Before I left for home, we were five on a single bed at the sickbay. Aside that, the medical personnel there don’t have sympathy for us students when we fall sick.”
Justifying the Queens College’s decision not to allow students without a duly signed medical report into the school , a parent, who gave his name as Mr Ibom, opined that “The reason you see these students outside is because the school wants to be sure that the students are truly okay. This is to avoid them falling ill again. However, all the students that came with medical report and have completed their drugs intake, and who came to the school without any drugs have resumed.”
When asked if there was any outbreak, he stated that,” My daughter was affected too with malaria. There is no serious issue now as everything is okay. “ he said.
However, Mrs Uju, whose child is a boarder in JSS 1, said she could not take chances with her daughter’s health, adding that her child would be coming from home.
According to her, “They called me that my daughter is not feeling fine. And when I came, the population of students was high, so I took her home. I won’t allow her stay in school as she complained that the water in the school has changed colour. That the water is now yellowish in colour.”
When asked what could be the cause of her child’s sickness, she said she suspected malaria.
Also asked if the school authorities told her what was wrong with her child, she explained that they did not.
Commenting on the development, a staff of the school, who said he was not authorised to speak on the matter, said, “All is well, the students were asked to go home to ensure that they were medically fit and the school was doing all things possible to ensure the safety and welfare of the students.”