Osun Food Poisoning Panic: 18 Pupils Hospitalized Linked to Govt's Free School Feeding Programme  - The Top Society

Osun Food Poisoning Panic: 18 Pupils Hospitalized Linked to Govt’s Free School Feeding Programme 


Parents and residents of Osogbo were gripped by panic as 18 pupils from St. James Primary School B, Owo-Ope, found themselves hospitalized due to food poisoning believed to be linked to the government’s free school feeding programme.

According to report, the alarming incident unfolded after pupils of the school consumed a meal of rice and eggs provided by food vendor agents participating in the O’ Meal programme on Monday, December 11.

Iya Taye, a concerned parent with three children attending St. James Primary School B, revealed that her children returned home in a weakened state, displaying symptoms such as vomiting and frequent stooling. She affirmed that discomfort set in shortly after the children consumed the school-provided meal.

Expressing concern, Iya Taye alleged the presence of saboteurs within the school feeding programme, underscoring that her children are currently undergoing treatment at home.

She said:

“I have invited doctor to treat my children. Other parent took their children to hospital but I have a doctor relation who helped me. My children are receiving treatment inside.”

A reliable source within the school disclosed that more than 50 pupils were affected in one way or another by the food poisoning, with 18 of them requiring hospitalization. The source added that the government has already stepped in to address the situation.

Responding to the incident, the Osun state government, through the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Kolapo Alimi, has initiated a thorough investigation into the reported cases of food poisoning.

Commissioner Alimi mentioned that the matter was brought to the government’s attention by the Special Adviser on O-Meal, Mrs. Grace Oluwaseyi Ayodele.

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He noted:

“The governor directed stoppage of further food cooking at the affected school pending the outcome of the investigations. The affected cooks in the said schools alongside the Planning officer for the O-Meal programme have also been summoned to a meeting by Tuesday morning.  

“The governor has directed enforcement of food standard and control as well as the auditing of the O-Meal structure to forestall future occurrence.” 

 “The government is settling the medical bills of the affected students as narrated by the Chairman of the Local Government Education Authority, Mr Nathaniel Ojetola. The LGEA Chairman who was at the forefront of the intervention efforts disclosed that a total number of 18 students were treated and discharged.  

“The total student population of the school is two hundred while one hundred and three are within the population receiving food from the O-Meal Programme. A government delegation is also visiting families of the affected students.”

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