Photos: Cholera Epidemic Knocks Down Over 100 Students in Ondo College of Health Technology

By Dotun Adebusoye, Akure

Some students of the Ondo State College of Health technology in Akure are said to be down with cholera disease over poor hostel facilities caused by the use of unhygienic toilets and bathrooms.

The students who made this shocking revelation on Thursday in an interview with The Elite Times disclosed that over 100 students of the college are currently being treated for cholera disease and other related diseases.

They said the ugly incident was associated with poor hostel facilities which include; deleterious kitchen, poor bathroom, bushy environment, dirty environment and lack of good water.

Reacting to the issue, Adewale Taiwo (Not real name) berates the college management for not doing enough to improve the standard of hostels, noting that students of the institution pays huge for tuition fee and so, must enjoy what they have paid for. He lamented the state of both male and female hostels but made emphasis on the male hostel as far from being hygienic.

” From the name of our school, one would expect that it will be an healthy environment all through. Our toilets are in bad shape. None of them is working. The bathroom is in a filthy state. That of boys hostel is more worrisome. It is nothing to write home about. In the past few months, we have recorded over 100 cases of cholera among our students, even with an health centre within the school, not big enough to accommodate 5 patients at a time. The state of health in a supposed College of Health is alarming. It is a disease-ridden environment, to say the least” He said.

Another student who simply identified himself as Ajayi, knocks the school management for neglecting their administrative duties, saying they give more attention to frivolity.

Ajayi maintained that despite the amount of money being allocated to the college each year, the school has nothing tangible to show for it. He also laments the principle of Indigene and non-indigene difference in tuition fee, describing it as needless.

He said ” With a good sense of judgement, it is wrong to call this an health institution, because it has not lived up to the standard of one. The problem is that the school is attending to more less-important things than issues that would make the environment conducive for learning, like making the hostels suitable for living”.

In her part, Ebun Ojatuase call on the school management to fix the aforementioned now that students have vacated the hostels to celebrate the yuletide season. She also hinted on the proposed accreditation exercise of some key courses, noting that if done, such would improve quality of teaching in the college.

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