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13 Lagos medical workers exposed to dead COVID-19 patient —Commissioner

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No fewer than 13 medical workers at the Randle General Hospital, Surulere, may have been exposed to a COVID-19 patient who died at the medical facility.

The PUNCH learnt on Sunday that the workers, including doctors, would be tested for the virus by a team from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on Monday.

Our correspondent had exclusively reported that a 65-year-old woman, identified as Iyabo, was admitted to the hospital last Sunday after she complained of difficulty in breathing.

The petty trader, who also had diabetes, was said to have been treated before some doctors insisted that she should be tested for the coronavirus.

She was later taken to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi Araba, where she was rejected after medical personnel there allegedly claimed that she did not fit a COVID-19 case.

The woman, who was also hypertensive, was returned to Randle where she died.

Apprehensive workers at the hospital were informed on Friday that the result of the NCDC test confirmed that she was positive.

The Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Aduke Odutayo, who confirmed the case to our correspondent, said the NCDC was on top of the situation.

The state Commissioner for Information, Mr Gbenga Omotosho, who also confirmed the report, said there was no cause for alarm.

He said, “The MD informed the permanent secretary about the case. The MD said there were two doctors who attended to the woman at the emergency section and the two doctors were isolated.

“However, after identifying the two doctors, about 12 to 13 others stepped forward and said they also attended to her.

“Because she could not isolate all of them at the same time, she asked that they be tested. The permanent secretary has said he would ensure they are tested on Monday and afterward, they will be isolated. So, there is nothing to panic about.”

Asked if the hospital would be shut to the public due to the situation, Omotosho said the permanent secretary had ruled out the option.

“He said there would be no need to shut down a facility because of that, and they would only disinfect it and there is a process for that,” he added.

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BREAKING: Churches, Mosques to re-open August 7

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The Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has directed that religious centres can re-open for service from August 7, 2020.

The Governor also increases public gatherings capacity from 20 to 50 people.

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Lagos fumigates schools ahead resumption

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Preparatory to the planned resumption of terminal class students, the Lagos State Government has intensified the periodic fumigation/decontamination of all public secondary schools.
A press release by the Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Mrs. Aderonke Odeneye on Saturday stated that majority of the public secondary schools in the six educational districts have been reached.
While adding that the exercise was part of the resumption protocol/guidelines for the secondary schools in the State, Odeneye emphasised that Lagos has continued to adopt measures to ensure that the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic is effectively contained.
She said, “The fumigation exercise which is on-going preparatory to resumption next week for terminal classes will continue after the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) Exams. The periodic exercise which commenced in late June has been effected in all the Model Colleges across the six educational districts in the State”.

According to her, the schedule of the fumigation exercise listed Oduduwa Junior Secondary School, Mushin; New Era Girls Secondary School, Surulere and Oriwu Junior and Senior Model College, Ikorodu among schools that have already been fumigated.
Others included the Lagos State Civil Service Senior Model College, Igbogbo; Igbo-Owu Junior and Senior Secondary School, Mushin and Junior Model College, Igbogbo amongst several others.
The Permanent Secretary urged the schools’ management to make provision for water in the premises with a view to promoting the washing of hands among the students, stressing that pupils must avoid all sporting activities till further notice.
Odeneye also implored them to provide hand sanitisers in all classrooms and hostels as well as ensure that students are tutored on the need to constantly sanitise their hands after every educational activity in the classrooms and wear nose masks always.
“Schools are to enforce physical distancing where applicable and also provide facilities to reduce the risk of the infection amongst teachers and students. Disinfection of shoes and feet should be strongly encouraged frequently for each student to reduce bacterial infection that could lead to any ailment during their stay in the school”, she advised.

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COVID-19: 10 foreigners, 32 Nigerians discharged in Lagos

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The Lagos state governor who doubles as the incident commander for COVID-19 in the state, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu has announced the discharge of 42 more patients who have recovered from the diseases, across the various isolation centres in the state.

In a statement signed by his media aide, Gboyega Akosile, the list of discharged patients shows “17 females and 25 males including 10 foreign nationals were discharged from our Isolation facilities to reunite with the society.

The patients; 8 from Gbagada, 5 from Agidingbi, 15 from Eti-Osa (LandMark) 6 from Onikan and 8 from LUTH Isolation Centres were discharged after full recovery and testing negative to COVID19.

Sanwo-olu reminded residents of the existing order on the compulsory use of face-masks in Lagos. “Remember, it is now a criminal offence in Lagos State to go out without using a face-mask. Let’s continue to adhere strictly to all public advisories given by government”

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