Panic As A Student Tests Positive For COVID-19 Days After School Re-opening

On September 18th this year, Education CS George Magoha (as pictured above) made a visit to Mawego Technical Training Institute to assess the institution’s preparedness towards reopening.

From the report given after the visit, Mawego TTI was given 100% approval and the Education CS also commended the college’s management for transforming the institution within a very short time to make it one of the institutions ready for reopening amidst COVID-19.

Weeks after that positive rating and approval and after school reopening, there’s panic among students and tutors of Mawego TTI after COVID-19 being registered at the institution.

Mawego TTI academic block Photo courtesy: [Mawego TTI/Facebook]

In news shared by Royal Media’s Citizen Radio yesterday at 7PM as well as Tuko, it’s reported that a student had reported back to the college with a mild fever and cold symptoms raising suspicion with regards to her health.

That this led to isolation of the student from the rest as she awaited being tested and after analysis of her sample at KEMRI labs in Kisumu, she tested positive for coronavirus.

After the confirmation she was taken to Kandiege Isolation Centre from where she’s receiving treatment and being monitored.

The college administration however informed the public that the student had not interacted with other students who are safe and carrying on with their exams after reporting back.

– Muga said that the samples of the student were taken on Monday and transferred to KEMRI CDC Kisumu for the COVID-19 test which turned out to be positive

-Muga added that the student was moved from the institution and taken to the Kandiege Isolation center in Rachuonyo North sub-county where she’s being monitored by the health officials

“She came to school when she had slight fever and cold, which made the principal to suspect her and put her on a holding room separate from the other students,”Muga said

Muga said that the samples of the student were taken on Monday and transferred to KEMRI CDC Kisumu for the COVID-19 test which turned out to be positive yesterday.

He stated that the student was moved from the institution and taken to the Kandiege Isolation center in Rachuonyo North sub-county where she’s being monitored by the health

” The student is not in the institution she has already been taken to the isolation center,”Muga said

He further said that they have begun contact tracing for the persons who might have got into contact with the student back at their home and in the institution.

Muga appealed to the residents of Homa Bay County to continue observing all the guidelines issued by the ministry of education to slow down the spread of coronavirus.

” I want to urge the residents to continue following the COVID-19 regulation to fight the spread of the Virus, “he added

Schools to be closed

As earlier reported by TUKO.co.ke, the Health Ministry suggested that schools might be closed again due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases.

During the daily briefing of coronavirus statistics in the country on Tuesday, October 13, the Ministry’s Chief Administrative Secretary Rashid Aman noted the country was experiencing a steady rise in the number of infections with the positivity rate now above 5%.

We will have to take action to restrict movement or close schools if numbers will increase. We will monitor what is happening in our schools and take action based on what will be fit at that time,” said Aman.

Covenant University Students accuse the school of leaving them under the rain to carry out pregnancy and drug test, instead of COVID-19 test

Students of Covenant University took to Twitter to claim the school’s management refused to perform Covid-19 tests on them but chose instead to perform pregnancy and drug tests.

The students claimed that a member of staff told them they don’t have to worry about being infected with Coronavirus because “Papa”, their General Overseer, is praying for them.

They added that they were left in the rain for hours as the “pregnancy and drug tests” were carried out and their luggage and provisions were soaked.

@booghy_ tweeted: “COVENANT UNIVERSITY IS NOT DOING COVID-19 TEST FOR STUDENTS! THEY LIED TO OUR PARENTS. THEY ARE ONLY DOING PREGNANCY AND DRUG TEST! I RESUMED TODAY AND ALL THEY DID WAS TAKE MY URINE AND BLOOD SAMPLE. @OGSGOfficial PLEASE HELP! I AM SCARED TO MY WITS! RETWEET WHEN YOU SEE THIS.

“They brought out only 2 canopies to search and test us. We were so many! Rain fell and they left us under the rain. Our provisions were destroyed and our luggages soaked to the last.

“One of the staffs even said that if any of us is infected, that we should not worry that papa is praying. That we should forget COVID-19.

“And to top it all, in the hostels, we are FOUR in a room! FOUR! No difference from every other semester before COVID-19.”

When asked for proof, other students shared a video of students waiting in the rain with their luggage but they had no concrete proof that pregnancy and drug tests, instead of COVID-19 tests, were carried out. Their only proof was that their blood and urine samples were taken, instead of a swab up their nose.

80 passengers tested positive seven days after arrival into Nigeria – PTF

Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Tuesday justified the repeat COVID-19 test being conducted on international travellers after seven days of their arrival to the country.

The National Coordinator of the PTF, Dr Sani Aliyu, said at the taskforce’s briefing in Abuja that a significant number of 80 out of the 2,403 tests carried out when the exercise began turned out to be positive.

He said this was despite the fact that the travelers who tested positive arrived in the country with a negative PCR test.

“Of the 2,403 passengers that were tested in Lagos when we started the exercise, 80 were positive. Meanwhile, they had negative COVID-19 PCR test,” he said.

He said the repeat test would have been unnecessary if the country had “a system of enforcement of isolation such that everybody coming into the country self-isolated effectively for two weeks.”

Aliyu also warned foreign travelers to pay to only laboratories on the travel portal of the government for their repeat tests.

Aliyu said, “No Federal Government agency is receiving these funds. The negotiation for the cost is between the state governments and the private labs themselves.

“The charges range between N35,600 for the Kano portal which we are just about to operationalise to N50,400 for Lagos.”
FG fears increase as schools reopen

Also, at the briefing, the Federal Government on Tuesday raised fears about a possible surge in the number of COVID-19 cases unless there would be a scale-up surveillance and review of its response plan to integrate new ways to deal with the disease.

The government, however, said the number of active cases had continued to drop as it revised the discharge criteria in line with new knowledge of the disease.

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, said, “As business and schools begin to open and as travels begin to pick up, we fear that we may have a surge in the number of cases unless we scale up surveillance and review our response plan to integrate new ways to deal with the disease.”

The minister also appealed to state governments “to continue to ensure that we step up case findings, sample collection and testing.

“A total of 58,460 confirmed cases have been recorded as of today, September 29, 2020 with 49,895 cases treated and discharged. This result is from a total of 509,555 persons tested for COVID-19.

“Sadly, the number of deaths as a result of the disease has since crossed the 1,100 mark with 1,111 deaths recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory..”
WHO rolls out 120m rapid test kits

Meanwhile, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman of PTF, Boss Mustapha, said Nigeria would be among the beneficiaries as the World Health Organisation prepared to roll out 120 million effective rapid test tools capable of providing reliable results in 30 minutes rather than in hours.

Mustapha said, “Developments with testing around the world have been very encouraging as technology improves. We were pleased to receive the news of the partnership driven by the WHO to roll out 120 million effective rapid test tools capable of providing reliable results in 30 minutes rather than hours.

“It will help to reach distant communities where laboratories are not located and will help in cutting down the response time that medical personnel need to commence treatment.”

Buhari punishing Nigerians – Pastor Giwa attacks president over high cost of COVID-19 test

Senior pastor of Awaiting The Second Coming Of Christ Ministry, Adewale Giwa, on Thursday expressed disappointment over the policies of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Pastor Giwa described the high cost of COVID-19 test in Nigeria as wildly unreasonable.

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has allowed only private laboratories to carry out tests on intending travelers abroad.

It’s wildly reported that the COVID-19 test ranges from 50,000 to N75, 000.

Expressing his displeasure, Giwa wondered why Buhari has decided to punish Nigerians in all areas.

In a statement he forwarded to DAILY POST, Giwa said: “On electricity, we pay what we don’t use; they decided to also jack up the price of petroleum; we are adapting to it.

“Now, COVID-19 test for Nigerians and travelers is between N75,000 and N50,000. Buhari, tell us what we have done to deserve this punishment.

“They are now justifying why they don’t want COVID-19 to disappear in Nigeria. Why must you allow only private laboratories to carry out tests when there are public ones?

“What did they use the billions of Naira they spent on COVID-19 for? In America today, without any health insurance, COVID-19 test is free.

“President Buhari and others should know that they have limited time, and the world is watching them.”