17 Oct 181 students, staff test positive for COVID-19 in Lagos school
Lagos Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi said on Friday that 181 students and staff members of a private school located in Lekki tested positive to COVID19 during surveillance and case investigation in the school. There are 441 students and staff in the school.
He explained that a 14-year-old SS1 female student fell ill on the 3rd of October and was sent home after receiving first aid at the school. The student subsequently tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday 6th of October in one of the accredited private labs in Lagos.
He assured Lagosians that the State government, through the incident commands system, has the situation under control, stressing that appropriate steps have been taken to contain the spread and manage the positive cases.
Abayomi noted that all parents have been contacted and counselled via a family zoom call on 13th October to further allay their fears and communication between school authorities and parents continues.
“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 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,” Abayomi said.
The Commissioner stated that the school authorities supported by the State Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education are following the COVID-19 guidelines as set out by the government.
According to him, “students are to be isolated in the School premises and if unwell will be admitted in one of the accredited isolation centers in Lagos. Students are discouraged from going home to avoid infecting members of their families”.