Tears as an Orphaned Third Victim of the Queen's College Cholera Outbreak is Buried


An orphan teenage girl who died from a tragic cholera outbreak in her school has been buried amid tears. 
 
Praise Sodipo and the scene of the burial rite
 
Tears flowed at the Atan Cemetery, Yaba, Lagos State, on Thursday, as one of the victims of the Queen’s College Cholera outbreak, 14-year-old Praise Sodipo, an SS1 student, was buried. She died at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, last Friday.
 
Praise Sodipo's guardian, Lawrence Otun, said she was only 8 when she lost both parents, who were ministers at the RCCG. She was their only child. He said she was enrolled in Queen’s College 4 years ago, being the only pupil to be admitted on merit from Osun State. 
 
Meanwhile, the Federal Ministry of Education has admitted blame in the death of the three pupils of the school, saying the incident could have been prevented if proactive steps were taken. 
 
It was earlier reported that many pupils of the school were admitted in the sickbay after eating spaghetti and drinking water said to have been contaminated. Two pupils – Vivian Osuiniyi and Bithia Itulua – who were in JSS 2 and 3 respectively, reportedly died as a result of the epidemic. 
 
The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, had led a team to the school and ordered an investigation into the incident, just as the then Principal of the school, Dr Lami Amodu, denied the epidemic, blaming the report on haters of the school. Amodu was later transferred from the school. 
 
The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Jide Idris, a few weeks later released a statement saying health records from the school’s sickbay indicated that a total of 1,222 pupils presented themselves at the school’s clinic on account of abdominal pain, fever, vomiting and diarrhea.
 
The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, in a statement, condoled with families of the victims, saying the government was addressing the problem.
 
He urged the pupils doing examinations in the school to continue to come from home, adding that the school would soon resume normal academic activities.



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