181 Students, Staff Test Positive For COVID-19 In Lagos Private School

A report by The Nation indicates that one hundred and eighty-one students and staff of a private boarding school in Lekki, Lagos have tested positive for coronavirus.

Lagos commissioner for health, Akin Abayomi, said the cases were discovered during surveillance and case investigation in the school.

The commissioner, while giving details of the investigation, explained that a 14-year-old SS1 female student fell ill on October 3 and was sent home after receiving first aid at the school.

He added that the student subsequently tested positive on October 6 in one of the accredited private labs in Lagos.

Abayomi assured Lagosians that the government, through the incident commands system, has the situation under control, stressing appropriate steps have been taken to contain the spread and manage the positive cases.

He noted all parents have been contacted and counseled via a family zoom call on October 13 to further allay their fears and communication between school authorities and parents continues.

The zoom call was attended by commissioners for Health and Education and all relevant responders and stakeholders.

He said:

“There is a total lockdown and movement restriction in the school with the Epidemiology and Surveillance Pillar of the EOC and Ibeju-Lekki LGA state Disease Surveillance and Notification Officer (DSNO) reporting at the school daily to conduct a further investigation while positive students and staff have been isolated on the premises and given the COVID-19 home-care treatment packs and are being monitored in isolation within the school premises.

The commissioner stated the school authorities supported by the ministry of health and the ministry of education are following the COVID-19 guidelines as set out by the government.

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