Commissioner for Education, Dr. Habu Dahiru on Wednesday announced seven additional students of Government Girls Secondary School Doma, to have tested positive to coronavirus, bringing the total number of students positive to Eight .
Dahiru revealed this when he visited the Student of Government Science Secondary who has been on isolation since Monday writing Senior Secondary School Examination.
He said upon resumption of school the Ministry in collaboration with the taskforce conducted 1,100 tests.
He added, “We gave preference to students returning from Epicentre states like Kaduna, Kano, Yobe, 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.
“He was immediately evacuated from that place because it was strongly recommended that whenever a case is found, you isolate him so that he is safe to himself and the rest of his colleagues. He has taken his first paper on mathematics essay and objectives and he is writing Agricultural Science essay. It will be demoralizing to him if we say you will not write this paper.
“Government of Gombe state under the leadership of Inuwa Yahaya said all students found to be positive should be taken care of. We provide them food, counselling, psycho social support and their books are fumigated.
“We have identified another set of students, we only got the result yesterday seven of them have been found to be positive. We are making arrangements to evacuate to the isolation centre.
“We will not allow them to miss their paper because they tested positive. The testing became easier because the governor approved 120 million naira to establish a molecular laboratory, NCDC 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 quickly went to the school to identify the seven students and kept them aside. We here to prepare their beds so that others mingling with them will be safe.”