Seven WASSCE students test positive for COVID-19 in Gombe

Seven WASSE students has tested positive in Gombe  state
Ernest Sunday

The state government of Gombe state has confirmed that seven of its students participating in the 2020 West African Secondary School Certificate Examination has tested positive for COVID-19 at Government Girls Secondary School, Doma.

According to the state's Commissioner of Education, Habu Dahiru the patients have has been isolated and will be taking care of according to the Governor's order.

He said that the seven cases were detected after running of 1,100 tests on the exit students following their return to school.

“We gave preference to students returning from epicentre states like Kaduna, Kano, Yobe and Lagos; those places that have registered high cases of COVID-19. So far, we have tested 1,100 cases, out of which the first case from Government Science Secondary School, " Dahiru said.

“He was immediately evacuated and isolated. He has written his first paper, Mathematics, and he is writing Agricultural Science today. It will be demoralising for him if we don’t allow him to write his exams.

“The government of Gombe State under the leadership of governor Inuwa Yahaya said all students found to be positive for the virus should be taken care of. We have identified another set of students. We only got the results yesterday.

"Seven of them have been found to test positive for the virus. We are making arrangements to evacuate them to the isolation centre.

“We will not allow them to miss their papers because they tested positive. The testing became easier because the governor approved N120 million to set up a molecular laboratory.

"The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has certified it, and we have started testing in earnest. “The samples taken from schools were tested here in Gombe at the molecular lab, and results were shared. We went to the school to identify the seven students and kept them aside.”

Schools reopened on August 4, 2020, for the exit students following the order of the Federal Government but students are only allowed to enter the school premises once they have run COVID-19 test.

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