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There were indications on Tuesday that some schools in Lagos State may have also been affected by the infection which hit Queen ’ s College , Yaba , Lagos .
The reports learnt that some schools in the Lekki area of the state , had been shut temporarily , while pupils had been released for treatment .
A source said schools not shut had been taking preventive measures against the invading sickness .
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“ The schools affected are high -profile schools like Queen ’ s College , ” he added .
Reports gathered that just two weeks after pupils of Queen ’ s College resumed, a large number of them fell ill .
Many of the pupils were said to have been released to their parents as the school ’ s sickbay was allegedly filled with sick schoolchildren .
The school’ s Parent – Teacher -Association Chairman , Mr John Ofobike , had claimed that 1 , 000 pupils were sent home over the problem .
But a former President of the Old Girls Association , Prof Frances Ajose , said it was an attempt to blackmail the school ’ s Principal, Dr Yakubu Oyinloye .
The Lagos State Government in a statement on Tuesday said there was a health challenge not only at Queen ’ s College , but also at several schools .
The state Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi , said they were air – borne , flu-like illnesses .
He noted that a team comprising officials of the state epidemiology unit , primary health care services and environmental health department of Lagos Mainland Local Government was dispatched to unravel the cause of the illnesses .
Abayomi , while reviewing preliminary reports of the investigations conducted by the team , explained that the surveillance unit identified “a sporadic increase in upper respiratory tract infection, ” characterised by cough , catarrh, fever and weakness .
He said , “ Findings , according to a review of health records in the school ’ s sickbay , revealed that 89 pupils came to the clinic with influenza – like illnesses . ”
The commissioner said the incidence was not an outbreak , but the “excess number of cases needed to be investigated. ”
He added , “As we await a comprehensive report of the investigation being conducted , I would like to appeal to stakeholders of Queen ’ s College , other affected schools and residents of Lagos State to remain calm and ensure strict adherence to personal and environmental hygiene at all times. ”
He urged parents not to send their children to school if they had features of upper respiratory tract infection such as cold or flu – like symptoms , adding that a doctor must review them .
Abayomi stressed the need for pupils to avoid sharing personal items, including spoons , handkerchiefs and toothbrushes .
Meanwhile , the Queen ’ s College Old Girls Association on Tuesday said it had investigated the case , adding that the result of its investigation revealed that only two pupils were at the sickbay as of September 30 .
In a statement by the General Secretary of the association , Ayomide Onakoya, the group said , “A review of the register provided by the external medical doctor who consults for the school showed that as of September 30 a total of 85 girls had been sent home since Queen ’ s College resumed on September 14, 15 and 21.
“ The first cases came in on September 24 and 25 . Of the 85 girls sent home , 24 have returned to school .
“ The symptoms observed and common to all the pupils taken to the sickbay included cough , runny nose and fever ; some were low – grade, and some ran high ; indications of upper respiratory tract infection. ”
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