HUNDREDS OF PNG STUDENTS ILL WITH TYPHOID

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Sept. 4) - Hundreds of students from the Wabag Secondary School have fallen ill with typhoid, Wabag Hospital yesterday confirmed.

Senior students (all named) from the school who went to a public phone called the Post-Courier advising about 400 students from the school have been confirmed typhoid positive.

A senior student, who did not want to be named for fear of being penalized by school authorities, said that the situation was worsening and that the management of the school were turning a "blind eye and deaf ear on the matter."

Wabag Hospital yesterday confirmed several hundreds of students from the school were diagnosed with the disease but could not elaborate on the issue. A hospital executive yesterday said that hundreds of students visiting the hospital had been diagnosed with typhoid alluding it to poor kitchen facilities, badly managed amenities especially toilets and the bad state of dormitories.

"Yes, I can confirm that the school students that have been visiting us have been tested positive with typhoid but I do not want to go further on it because it is a school matter that has to be addressed by the principal and the two deputy principals," the hospital executive said.

The Post-Courier contacted the school principal and the deputies but after several attempts was told they were very busy and that the issue was not important enough to be commented on.

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