Lagos State government on Friday confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in a secondary boarding school on the mainland.
The government made this disclosure in a statement from the State Ministry of Health, saying a member of the school’s staff was confirmed positive for COVID-19 on the 2nd of November, adding that contact tracing had revealed that a student and four contacts of the staff member were positive for COVID-19.
According to the release, the staff member fell ill for a few days and received first aid at the school clinic, saying the affected staff subsequently tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday 2nd of November at the Lagos State Biobank.
The release, however, disclosed that the State COVID-19 Incident Command System through the Emergency Operation Center was investigating the incident, and we would like to assure members of the public and stakeholders of the school that the situation was completely under control.
“Steps are being taken to contain the spread within the school and reduce exposure to the outside community,” the government assured.
“All parents are being contacted first through the PTA and a family zoom call is being arranged to further allay their fears,” it further assured.
The state government reminded that it was important to note that COVID-19 presents with very mild symptoms in children and teenagers, compared to other age groups, adding that there was the risk of infected children transmitting the disease to adults who they interacted with daily, and who might be at higher risk of severe disease and death.
“The school authorities, supported by Lagos State Ministry of Health (LSMOH), Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) 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 government said.
“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.