Nigeria: One student dies, 40
hospitalised over food poisoning in Bauchi
Source of Article: http://www.tribune.com.ng/10112008/news/news7.html
student of Government Girls College, Bauchi, in Bauchi State (name withheld), has been confirmed dead
from suspected food poisoning, while 40 others are currently on admission at
the Specialists Hospital, Bauchi.
state governor, Isa Yuguda, has directed the
Ministry of Health to immediately carry out all necessary laboratory tests to
determine what was responsible for the development.
Yuguda, who visited the students in the
hospital at the weekend as well as the school premises, said the era of
allowing students to be in public schools without meeting all their basic
needs was over.
to him, his administration would take serious measures to address the matter
and forestall its recurrence. He directed both the Ministry of Health and
that of Education to ensure that everything was done to investigate the
matter thoroughly and feed the government back as soon as possible. The governor
later personally tasted the food in question to disabuse the minds of those
who had concluded that it was indeed food poisoning.
have been visiting the school and hospital to ascertain the state of their
children’s health. Investigations by the Nigerian Tribune showed that some
students took ill immediately after taking a meal of beans, which made some
to believe that the beans served the students might have been poisoned.