181 students, staff of Lagos private school test positive for COVID-19

One hundred and eighty one students and staff of a private school in Lekki, Lagos State have tested positive for COVID-19 pandemic.

Giving the total figure of students and staff of the school as 141, the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, disclosed that the cases were discovered during surveillance and case investigation in the school.

According to the commissioner, the case was discovered when a 14-year-old SS1 female student of the school fell ill on October 3 and was sent home after receiving first aid at the school.

The commissioner added that the student subsequently tested positive on October 6 in one of the accredited private laboratories in Lagos.

However, he assured the people of Lagos that the situation is under control.

He further assured that the state government had taken appropriate steps to contain the spread and manage the positive cases.

The commissioner said all parents have been contacted and counselled through a family zoom call on October 13 to further allay their fears, adding that communication between school authorities and parents continues.

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 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 school is receiving support from the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education in order to follow the COVID-19 guidelines as set out by the government.

“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.”

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