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LASU shuts down hostels after three students test COVID-19 positive

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

As part of measures to flatten COVID-19 community transmission, the Lagos State University (LASU) has shut down its College of Medicine (LASUCOM), hostels after three students tested positive for coronavirus.

The management has also placed the three students under isolation and commenced contact tracing to further curtail the continued spread of the virus in Lagos.

Confirming the action, the Head, Centre for Information, Press and Public Relations for the institution, Ademola Adekoya, in a statement made available to newsmen yesterday, added that other students that had closed-contact with the affected students were being tested to ascertain their COVID-19 status.

The management noted that all students have been directed to embark on a 14 days isolation to ascertain their status while decontamination of hostels would be commenced as stipulated by the Federal and Lagos State Government.

The statement reads: The Management of Lagos State University (LASU) wishes to inform staff, students, and the general public that three students of the Lagos State University College of Medicine (LASUCOM) have tested positive for Covid-19 leading the College to immediately close down all her hostel facilities.

“In addition, stakeholders are also informed that: roommates of the three students who tested positive and their associates are being tested while the affected three students have been isolated and contact tracing of all affected students commenced.

“The hostel facilities were immediately closed for decontamination upon confirmation of the status of the affected students. Also, all students of the College have been advised to proceed home to self-isolate for the next 14 days from where their health status will be monitored by the College. Phone numbers/contacts of all students are already obtained to that effect.

“Any students showing symptoms at home are to contact the College through dedicated lines for necessary assistance/treatment, meanwhile, the College has handed treatment packs to all three who tested positive and is providing psychological support to the three students who tested positive and their roommates.

“Parents, Guardians, and the general public are assured that the safety of all staff and students is of top priority and the Lagos State University as a whole will continue to enforce compliance with Covid-19 guidelines and protocols to ensure the safety of all within her campuses.

“The management also again enjoins all students, staff and the general public to take personal responsibility and continue to observe Covid-19 guidelines as the virus is real and deadly”.

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