Covenant University, located in Ota, Ogun State, faced controversy over the weekend as reports surfaced of a suspected outbreak of diarrhoea, vomiting, and fever among students, believed to be linked to food consumption on campus. Multiple sources, including students and parents, confirmed the unusual health situation, leading to concerns and conflicting statements from both the Ogun State Government and the university management.
The Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Tomi Coker, initially dismissed the reports as “misinformation” but later acknowledged an investigation into the matter. While not denying the health situation, the commissioner did not disclose the findings of the investigation.
In a statement titled “Disclaimer,” the university management addressed the circulating information, asserting that there was nothing unusual happening on campus. They described the claims of an unbearable situation and numerous hospital admissions as “misleading,” without offering specific details about the reported cases.
However, students and parents insisted on the unusual increase in hospitalizations, confirming cases of diarrhoea, vomiting, and fever. Some students suggested that the situation might be linked to water consumption, as some students reportedly drink water from the bathroom, potentially leading to health concerns.
While the university maintained that students are well and preparing for exams, parents expressed frustration with the lack of transparency in the university’s response to inquiries about the health situation.
The conflicting statements and ongoing concerns highlight the need for clear communication and transparency from educational institutions in addressing health issues affecting their students. The situation at Covenant University raises questions about accountability and the responsibility of institutions to keep stakeholders informed during potential health crises.