Nigeria: Food Poisoning: Yuguda Orders Full Investigation

11.12.2008

 

Source of Article:  http://www.thisdayonline.com/nview.php?id=127861

Bauchi  

Following the death of one student and hospitalisation of about forty other students of Government Girls College, Bauchi, from what is suspected to be food poisoning, Governor Isa Yuguda has directed the state Ministry of Health to carry out laboratory tests to determine what was responsible for the situation.
A statement signed by Maigari Mohammed Khanna, Director,  Press Affairs and Public Relations to the Bauchi State Governor said  the Governor, who personally visited the students in their sick beds and the school affected said the era of allowing students to be in public schools without meeting all their needs is over.
He said as a responsible government his administration will not watch students “going through this kind of unfortunate situation” without taking serious measures to address the matter and forestall its recurrence.
Mallam Yuguda directed the state Ministry of Health to carry out laboratory tests and the ministry of education to investigate the matter “thoroughly and feed the government back as soon as possible”.
The Governor later personally tested the food in question to disabuse the minds of those who pre-conclude that it was indeed food poisoning.
Feeding secondary school students in public schools in the state has been a very serious problem which made parents to fend for their children in school until the administration of Malam Yuguda came on board and made sufficient funds available to the Cooperative Financing Agency for th
e purpose of ensuring that students of public schools always get sufficient and balanced food.

 

 

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