COVID-19: 181 students, staff of school test positive to virus

COVID-19: 181 students, staff of school test positive to virus

The Lagos State government on Friday, October 16, revealed that at least 181 students and staff of a private boarding school in the Lekki area of the state had tested positive for COVID-19.

These latest COVID-19 cases was contained in a statement issued by the state’s Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi, via the Director of Public Affairs in the ministry, Tunbosun Ogunbanwo.

Abayomi said the COVID-19 cases were detected during surveillance and case investigation in the school.

He added that the school had a student and staff population of 441.

According to Abayomi, a 14-year-old female student in Senior Secondary School one (SS1) fell ill on October 3 and was sent home after receiving first aid at the school.

He added that the student subsequently tested positive for COVID-19 on October 6 in one of the accredited private laboratories in Lagos.

The commissioner said: “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.

“The 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.”

Meanwhile, the House of Reps, on Friday, October 16, issued a seven-day ultimatum to the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Adamu Mohammed to appear before its joint committee on justice, human rights, police affairs.

1st News gathered that Mohammed was summoned before the committee; over reports bothering on police brutality and extra-judicial killings.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Chairman of the Reps Committee, Ugonna Ozurigbo who stated that the police chief is expected to appear next week Thursday, October 22nd, 2020.

Ozurigbo urged victims of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) to furnish the committee with information; that would enable it to carry out this all-important task.

The Reps committee plans to conduct public hearings in the six geopolitical zones of the country; to hear the accounts of families of deceased victims; and those that are unlawfully detained by the operatives of the defunct police unit.

This latest development comes in the wake of sustained #EndSARS protests for over a week; demanding an end to police brutality; and also extrajudicial killings.

Also Read: Lagos Govt institutes special panel to review cases of police brutality

However, the protests have intensified despite the disbanding of SARS by the police.

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