Twenty-five students and two teachers of Ogba Junior Grammar School in Ogba, Lagos State, southwest Nigeria, were yesterday evening rushed to a hospital after they inhaled emission from a toxic chemical.
It was gathered that the unconscious students and teachers were immediately rushed to Blue Cross Hospital, located opposite the shopping mall for urgent medical attention.
A medical doctor at the hospital
declined to comment on the condition of the students and teachers. Two
of the affected female students whose condition was critical were
transferred in a Lagos State Emergency Ambulance marked LA 156 A08 to
the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, in Ikeja.
learnt that at about 12 noon, the students and teachers were in the
school when they began to feel dizzy and collapsed after inhaling the
emission from chemical spread to their school premises by air.
the incident, some of the teachers raised an alarm which attracted some
members of the public, who immediately called officials of the Lagos
State Emergency Management Agency on their toll free lines.
of the officials of LASEMA told P.M.NEWS that the gas emission was
traced to Bizcircuit Colour Laboratory, located within the premises of
Ogba Shopping Mall just at the back of the school. According to the official, the chemical in the lab may have expired.
on the incident, Femi Giwa, Head of Logistics for LASEMA said that it
was not an explosive as some members of the public were saying, but an
emission, which was immediately traced to the lab, after carrying out an emergency assessment of the entire place.
agents comprising the police, NSCDC officials, and LASEMA officials
cordoned off the entire area to prevent people from gaining access to
the school and the shopping mall.