Staff member, pupil, four others test positive for COVID-19 in Lagos school

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Lagos State Government has confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in a secondary boarding school on the mainland.

Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, who disclosed this said a member of the school’s staff was confirmed positive for COVID-19 on November 2 and contact tracing has revealed that a pupil and four contacts of the staff member are also positive for COVID-19.

Giving details of the infection, the commissioner said the staff member fell ill for a few days and received first aid at the school clinic and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, November 2, at the Lagos State Biobank.

A press statement made available to PUNCH HealthWise and signed by the Director, Public Affairs at the state health ministry, Mr. Tunbosun Ogunbanwo, noted that the Lagos State COVID-19 Incident Command System through the Emergency Operation Centre is investigating the incident, adding, “we would like to assure members of the public and stakeholders of the school that the situation is completely under control.”

“Steps are being taken to contain the spread within the school and reduce exposure to the outside community. All parents are being contacted first through the PTA and a family zoom call is being arranged to further allay their fears.

“It is important to note that COVID-19 presents with very mild symptoms in children and teenagers, compared to other age groups. However, there is the risk of infected children transmitting the disease to adults who they interact with daily, and who may be at higher risk of severe disease and death.

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“The school authorities, supported by Lagos State Ministry of Health, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and the Ministry of Education, are following the COVID-19 guidelines as set out by the government. Students who test positive 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.

“The Ministry of Health and NCDC are working closely with the Ministry of Education through a joint approach to manage the outbreak in this school. Most of the infected persons are predominantly asymptomatic while some have mild symptoms.Lagos State Government has confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in a secondary boarding school on the mainland.

Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, who disclosed this said a member of the school’s staff was confirmed positive for COVID-19 on November 2 and contact tracing has revealed that a pupil and four contacts of the staff member are also positive for COVID-19.

Giving details of the infection, the commissioner said the staff member fell ill for a few days and received first aid at the school clinic and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, November 2, at the Lagos State Biobank.

A press statement made available to PUNCH HealthWise and signed by the Director, Public Affairs at the state health ministry, Mr. Tunbosun Ogunbanwo, noted that the Lagos State COVID-19 Incident Command System through the Emergency Operation Centre is investigating the incident, adding, “we would like to assure members of the public and stakeholders of the school that the situation is completely under control.”

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“Steps are being taken to contain the spread within the school and reduce exposure to the outside community. All parents are being contacted first through the PTA and a family zoom call is being arranged to further allay their fears.

“It is important to note that COVID-19 presents with very mild symptoms in children and teenagers, compared to other age groups. However, there is the risk of infected children transmitting the disease to adults who they interact with daily, and who may be at higher risk of severe disease and death.

“The school authorities, supported by Lagos State Ministry of Health, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and the Ministry of Education, are following the COVID-19 guidelines as set out by the government. Students who test positive 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.

“The Ministry of Health and NCDC are working closely with the Ministry of Education through a joint approach to manage the outbreak in this school. Most of the infected persons are predominantly asymptomatic while some have mild symptoms.


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