Mystery disease kills one girl and leaves dozens more ill at Nigerian boarding school 


Mystery disease kills one girl and leaves dozens more ill at Nigerian boarding school

  • Unidentified disease has killed one girl and left more than thirty pupils ill
  • The mystery illness has swept through the Government Girls College in Sokoto 
  • Images emerged of dozens of girls lying on mats whilst looking lethargic 

An unidentified disease has killed one girl and left more than 30 pupils feeling ill at a Nigerian boarding school. 

The mystery illness has swept through the state-run Government Girls College in Sokoto – leaving one pupil dead and over 30 hospitalised according to local media.

Images emerged of dozens of girls lying on mats on the floor of the boarding school whilst looking lethargic and distressed. 

Girls lying on mats on the floor of the boarding school

A distressed pupil at the school

Images emerged of dozens of girls lying on mats on the floor of the boarding school whilst looking lethargic and distressed

The mystery illness has swept through the state-run Government Girls College in Sokoto - leaving one pupil dead and over 30 hospitalised according to local media

The mystery illness has swept through the state-run Government Girls College in Sokoto – leaving one pupil dead and over 30 hospitalised according to local media

Director of Public Health in Sokoto Ahmed Abdulrahman told TVCNews that over thirty students were admitted to a local hospital as a result of the outbreak. 

He did not reveal any details about the girl who died, but said health officials have taken samples from the ill students to investigate the nature of the disease.

The Commissioner of Science and Technology Dr Julu Haruna, whose minitry oversees the boarding school, said the state government has sent ten medical doctors to the school. 

‘The situation was brought under control due to the quick intervention of the state government,’ Dr Haruna told TNG.  

The ill pupils lay on mats

Dozens of pupils were ill as a result of the disease

Director of Public Health in Sokoto Ahmed Abdulrahman said that over thirty students (pictured at their boarding school) were later admitted to a local hospital as a result of the outbreak 

‘All the infected students have been isolated to curtail the spread of the disease.’ 

Mr Abdulrahman called for calm and said the heath ministry have launched an investigation into the illness.    

The mystery disease comes as three people died and 284 people were hospitalised after drinking expired fruit drinks in Nigeria. 

The outbreak spread across eight towns near the northwestern city of Kano, officials said last Tuesday.

The Kano State commissioner for health, Dr Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa, told Anadolu Agency the incident occurred when patients drank expired citric acid powdered drinks. 

The outbreak affected 284 people, he said, with 183 patients currently receiving treatment at hospital and 101 discharged from hospitals.  

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