COVID-19: Students at King’s College Lagos Test Positive in College
LAGOS CONFIRMS COVID-19 INFECTION IN BOARDING SECONDARY SCHOOL
… like Govt. Emphasize the need to adhere to prevention protocols
LAGOS LAGOS STATE OF HEALTH PRESS RELEASE CONFIRMS COVID-19 INFECTION IN SECONDARY SCHOOL
… Since the government. Emphasize the need to adhere to prevention protocols
The Lagos State Government has confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 at a boarding school on the mainland.
On November 2, a school employee tested positive for COVID-19. Contact tracing showed that one student and four staff members were positive for COVID-19.
The employee fell ill for several days and received first aid at the school clinic. She subsequently tested positive for COVID-19 at the Lagos State Biobank on Monday 2 November.
The Lagos COVID-19 Incident Management System, through the Emergency Operations Center, is investigating the incident and we would like to reassure members of the public and school stakeholders that the situation is under full control.
Measures are being taken to contain the spread of infection in the school and reduce the impact on the outside community. All parents are first contacted through the PTA and a family phone call is scheduled to further ease their concerns.
It is important to note that COVID-19 has very mild symptoms in children and adolescents compared to other age groups. However, there is a risk that infected children will transmit the disease to adults with whom they interact on a daily basis, who may be at increased risk of serious illness and death.
The school authorities, supported by the Lagos State Department of Health (LSMOH), the Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC) and the Department of Education, are complying with the government’s COVID-19 regulations. Successful students should be isolated in the school premises, and if they feel unwell, they will be placed in one of the accredited isolation centers in Lagos. Students are advised not to return home so as not to infect their family members.
The Ministry of Health and the NCDC are working closely with the Ministry of Education on a joint approach to tackling the epidemic at this school. Most infected people are predominantly asymptomatic, and some develop mild symptoms.
Members of the Lagos Emergency Response Center, NCDC and our colleagues from the Ministry of Education were sent to the school to provide strategic assistance and support. These include psychosocial support, infection prevention, medical monitoring, and risk communication experts to further educate victims.
COVID-19 remains with us and we must strive to prioritize the safety of everyone, including students and teachers, by strictly adhering to prevention protocols and guidelines issued by the government to prevent its spread.
Lagosians must observe and observe the highest standards of personal and environmental hygiene. Using face masks in public places, washing your hands and maintaining hand hygiene, and maintaining physical distance will help prevent the spread of infection.
Citizens should call toll-free 08000EKOMED or 08000356633 if they notice any signs or symptoms of COVID19, including fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue, or loss of taste or smell.
Professor Akin Abayomi, Honorary Commissioner for Health, November 6-1, 2020
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