Ogun State Government says the deworming drugs being administered on school-age children in 14 Local Government Areas are in no way poisonous.
Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker, who made this known in the wake of the news making rounds, that two school children in Abeokuta died from complications occasioned by the drugs, said the same drug was administered on her, alongside other top government functionaries at the flag-off of the exercise.
The Commissioner who paid a condolence visit to the house of the deceased on Wednesday, said she pleaded for the release of the corpse which had not been buried and ordered for an investigation.
She revealed that the drugs were administered to 249 pupils of the said school, out of which two children who lived within the same compound were said to be stooling and vomiting on getting home, adding that the noticeable signs were not part of the side effects of the deworming drugs.
“It was discovered that the episode of Gastro enteritis suffered by the two children suggests cholera, a possible water borne disease. Investigation carried out by officials of Ogun State Ministry of Health, alongside Federal Ministry of Health and Abeokuta South Local Government, revealed that the children died of severe case of vomiting and diarrhea.
“The government in its bid to stop the spread has put in place community sensitisation and advocacy. We have sent Cholera alert to all health facilities in the State and engaged in prepositioning of materials for case management in government hospitals”, Coker noted.
Femi Onasanya & Goke Gbadamosi,
Press Officers, Min. of Health