100 college students hospitalised in Ekiti after inhaling poisonous gas

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No fewer than 100 college students have been hospitalised in Ekiti, after inhaling poisonous gas, following a fumigation exercise that occurred in the school.

The Ekiti State Government has concluded plans to diligently investigate the hospitalisation of 100 students of the College of Health Technology, Ijero Ekiti in the Ijero Local Government Area of the state over a strange ailment on Wednesday.

This was made known by the State Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr. Oyebanji Filani.

Filani noted that the state would unravel the cause of their admission to the hospital.

It was gathered that the incident followed alleged fumigation of the college environment by some officials of government a couple of days ago, as part of a measure aimed at curtailing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sources within the campus disclosed that some of the college students hospitalised were said to be asthmatic patients who developed complications after inhaling the chemical used for the fumigation.

It was further learnt that those with critical conditions were rushed to the Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido Ekiti in Ido/Osi LGA of the state.

The sources disclosed that some of the college students, who were also admitted at the General Hospital, Ijero-Ekiti, responded to treatment.

The students were writing examinations when the fumigation occurred.

It was further discovered that the school management had received a memo on the planned fumigation.

Many parents were also said to have stormed the institution over the incident to know the state of health of their children.

However, the Ekiti State Commissioner for Health and Human Services, while reacting to the latest development, said the majority of the 100 college students said to have been hospitalised as a result of the fumigation had been discharged.

Filani disclosed that 36 of them were still hospitalised on Wednesday at the State specialist Hospital in Ijero Ekiti.

The commissioner added that two of the college students were referred to the Federal Teaching Hospital Ido Ekiti, while one was taken to a leading tertiary health facility in Ado Ekiti for further attention.

Filani further stated that additional medical personnel, oxygen cylinders, and fluids had also been mobilised to the college to support those attending to the affected students.

The commissioner, therefore, assured the public that the situation was now under control.

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