COVID-19: All positive SSCE students treated, back to classes

COVID-19: All positive SSCE students treated, back to classes

Students who tested positive for COVID-19 during the ongoing 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination have returned to classes after treatment and discharge.

This was disclosed by the Minister of State for Education, Mr. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba.

Specifically, the Minister made this known on Monday in Abuja. He was speaking at the 62nd Joint National Briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.

According to him, all the students have tested negative to COVID-19

“We have confirmed that all of them are back to class. They have all been discharged. We do not have any further cases.

“There were four in Gombe, there was one in Kwara and there were few in Bayelsa. But those of them have been discharged as they all tested negative. We are still getting feedback from the field in case there are any new places where this may crop up,” Nwajiuba said.

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On plans to reopen tertiary institutions, he said the preparedness of tertiary institutions had been tabled before the PTF. Further, he revealed that the task force will look at the preparedness; adding that it will use this to issue a national guidance that tertiary institutions will use as a guide to reopen.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government has expressed worry over the low sampling of COVID-19 in Nigeria.

Equally important, it is believed that the COVID-19 curve will be difficult to flatten if testing for the virus is not adequate.

This was disclosed by the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire on Monday in Abuja, Specifically, Ehanire was speaking at the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 briefing. Osagie said that most laboratories across the country were operating below capacity; adding that efforts were ongoing to ensure provision of at least one laboratory in every state.

“Our target is to test two million Nigerians for COVID-19, of which we have achieved barely a quarter. However, plans have been concluded to set up and optimise laboratories in all states.”

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