At least four people have been confirmed dead and 12 hospitalized after students of the College of Education, Waka-Biu in Biu Local Government Area of Borno State, returned from a Yankari Games Reserve field trip.
It was pensive to note that the deceased complained of abdominal pains after which they vomited blood and died.
Initially, the death toll was put at nine; a figure which the Provost of the school, Mohammed Audu, said was incorrect.
Biu has been thrown into confusion in the last few days as the strange illness continues to affect mainly students of the institution.
One of the deceased students, Adama Dika, is the daughter of the caretaker chairman of Biu Local Government Area, Usman Dika.
The Borno State Deputy Governor, Umar Kadafur, whois also an indigene of Biu, has also confirmed the development...
Speaking through his Press Secretary, Bulama Alkali, the deputy governor said the Borno State health ministry and the federal ministry of health have been directed to investigate the matter.
For now, the deputy governor may not have ample information that will enable him to make an informed comment on the matter. However, the deputy governor, just like any other parent, is very much saddened and concerned about the development.Bulama Alkali
The School Mangement Also Had This To Say
The school was closed for the season on the 10th of August. But the students had to return to the campus to embark on the excursion because it was already planned and they had to go for the trip as part of their course work. When they returned they left for their homes and there was no issue until Saturday 31st August when the daughter of Biu local government chairman, Adama Dika died.Provost Waka Biu
The provost hinted that her death was not immediately linked with the Yankari trip.
People began to raise eyebrow some days after when three other students who were in the same trip batch died after exhibiting similar health conditions. Tension began to mount when more of the students fell ill. Of the four that died, two were not our students but the commercial photographers that usually accompany the students on such trips.Provost Waka Biu
One of the photographers was said to be asthmatic.
The Medical Response
The provost explained that he wrote to the General Hospital in Biu. Alerting the Principal Medical Officer of the situation in the college.
He said he also alerted the state government which deployed an emergency medical response team to Biu from Maiduguri.
The medical team in Biu took their blood sample ahead of the Maiduguri medical team’s arrival.
Mr Audu also said the students were questioned on the kind of food they ate and the water they drank.
Most of them couldn’t eat the food sold in Yankari because it was expensive. They all said they swam in the stream there. The PMO assured them of identifying t’s root cause and verifying it in a laboratory.Mr Audu
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