Eleven students from St James’s Primary School ‘B’ in Owoope, Osogbo, were reportedly hospitalized after consuming a mid-day meal provided through the state government’s free school feeding program. The pupils exhibited symptoms of stomach discomfort, vomiting, and diarrhea upon returning home after school on Monday, prompting their parents to seek medical care for them.
A viral video captured some of the affected pupils receiving attention from healthcare professionals in the hospitals where they were admitted, with some receiving intravenous drips.
In response to the incident, the state government has initiated a thorough investigation to identify those responsible and prevent similar incidents in the future. Governor Ademola Adeleke, upon being informed of the matter, directed immediate action to address the situation.
A statement from the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Kolapo Alimi, confirmed that the victims have been treated and discharged from hospitals. The government has taken the responsibility of covering the medical expenses incurred during their treatment.
The statement read, “Osun State Government has ordered full investigations into the reported cases of food poisoning at St James Primary School B, Owoope Osogbo. The State Governor, Senator Ademola Adeleke, directed immediate action when the matter was reported to him by the Special Adviser on O-Meal, Mrs. Grace Ayodele. The Governor has subsequently directed the stoppage of further food cooking at the affected school pending the outcome of the investigations.”