Environmental cleaning exercise including fumigation of the entire premises of the Queens College, Yaba, Lagos commenced at the the weekend.
The environmental sanitation and cleaning exercise is coming at the heels of the extension of the School’s mid term break by two weeks following the alleged outbreak of gastrointestinal infection in the school and the death of two Students within two weeks.
There are also indications that the School Authority has recieved a go-ahead order from the Federal Ministry of Education to negotiate the rennovation of the main Industrial borehole as well as the rehabilitation of the expired Industrial Water Treatment Plant with a reputable Water Engineering company.
When Healthstyplus Online visited the School at the weekend, some men were observed carrying out fumigation exercise while some were observed cutting the overgrown weeds and bushes around the Classrooms.
Our Correspondent learnt that a reputable Water Engineering Company is being interviewed by the new Principal Mrs.Aduke Are with instructions from Abuja to immediately go ahead to rehabilitate the main Industrial Borehole and expired water treatment plant which is the major source of water for the School community.
Although the Parents Teachers Association of the Scholol were said to have at various times drilled a few domestic boreholes to address the water problem in the School, Healthstyplus Online was told that none of the boreholes has been in good condition for over a year while the main Industrial borehole dug since 1980 by Scan Water Engineering in conjuction woth Lagos State Water Corporation has not been serviced or treated for nearly four years.
The sites of the Industrial bore hole and water plant are overgrown with weeds while several leakagages were observed from broken water pipes around the plant and within the school premises..
Our Correspondent also observed that both sites locations of the Inustrial bore hole and the water treatment plant obviously looked unkept as human wastes could be seen all around the plant and hostels.
However some parents who sent in feedback to our story on ‘FG Neglect of Queens College Cause of Decay’ are asking government to come out with a report of what actually led to the reported outbreak of gastrointestinal infection in the school?
A Çoncerned parent’, blamed the past administration of the School on carelessness in handling the healthcare and environemntal sanitation of students.
Another, wrote: “Mr chairman, you do well. The FME should do the needful and stop chasing shadow. Are the old girls aware of this before they called for the head of the principal?”
While yet another responder, Beatrice Akhetuamen opined that rather than play the blame game, the new PTA Chairman should settle down to address the problems in the school with the mind to assist in fixing them.
She equally wrote: “I believe a woman is in the best place to be the Chairman of a girls’ school so she can have free access to the hostels and the girls can always let her know the challenges they are facing. This was the situation when I was the PTA chairman of the college. There was never a situation like this during my administration. We made sure doctors come in at least three times in a week and maintained partnership with Military Hospital a Federal government institution opposite the college, in case of any emergency then”.