Prof. Akin Abayomi, Lagos State Commissioner for Health, has disclosed that the state has commenced an investigation into the outbreak of an air0borne-flu-like disease among some of the students of Queen’s College and some other schools in the state.
The Commissioner told pressmen in Lagos on Tuesday that an investigative team had been set up by the Ministry and dispatched to various schools affected by the disease to unravel the main cause of the illness.
Abayomi stated that the team comprises of officials from the Epidemiology team, Primary Health Care Services and Environmental Health Department of Lagos Mainland Local Government.
He also made it known by saying that the preliminary reports from the investigations conducted by the team had identified what appears to be a sporadic increase in upper respiratory tract infections characterised by cough, catarrh, fever, and weakness across some schools.
“The team has visited Queen’s College and investigations are ongoing. Findings according to the review of health records in the school’s sickbay revealed that 89 students presented to the clinic with Influenza-like illnesses,” the Commissioner stated.
He advised all schools in Lagos State, either day or boarding, to adopt basic precautionary measures against diseases and illnesses by teaching and ensuring good hand washing practice.