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Following reports that two pupils might have died of complications from deworming in Abeokuta, the Ogun State government has come out to debunk the claims.
It had earlier been reported that two pupils died briefly after taking deworming medications.
The government suggested that the pupils might have died from water borne diseases and not complications from the deworming exercise.
The Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker, while responding to the news said the same drug was administered on her alongside other top government functionaries at the flag-off of the exercise.
She said that the drugs were administered on 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.
Coker added that stooling and vomiting were not part of the symptoms of side effects of the deworming drugs.
In her words, “It was discovered that the episode of Gastro enteritis suffered by the two children suggests possible water borne disease, cholera.
“Investigation led by the Ogun State Commissioner for Health along with officials of the 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.”
The government has since warned its citizens against a possible outbreak of Cholera in the state. Read here.