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

Ebun Francis| 181 students and members of staff of a private boarding school located in the Lekki area of Lagos State have tested positive for coronavirus.

Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, who made the disclosure in a statement from the Ministry of Health on Friday, said the positive cases were detected during surveillance and case investigation in the school.

The statement signed by the Ministry’s Director of Public Affairs, Tunbosun Ogunbanwo quoted the commissioner as saying that “181 students and staff members of a private school located in a suburb of Lekki tested positive to COVID19 during surveillance and case investigation in the school. There are 441 students and staff in the school”.

Giving details of the investigation, Abayomi 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”.

He added that “the student subsequently tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday 6th of October in one of the accredited private labs in Lagos”.

“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 added.

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