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Gombe schools get isolation spaces as 19 students recover from COVID-19


Gombe State has established isolation spaces in 16 boarding schools to contain cases of COVID-19 among students writing the ongoing West Africa Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

Epidemiologist, Dr. Bile Nuhu, disclosed that the idea was to relieve pressure on the regular centres and make accessibility to health facilities easier.

Nuhu told newsmen yesterday that the spaces would only manage mild cases of COVID-19.

His words: “Out of the 20 boarding schools in Gombe, we used the checklist that looks at the structures on the ground and the components in the structures that are ideal to serve as isolation spaces for mild cases. Severe cases have to go to isolation centres.


“So we have established 16 isolation spaces in the 20 boarding schools because the remaining four did not meet up with criteria for isolation spaces.

“We are looking at how to upgrade other four through the ministries of health and education, to see how the basic criteria for establishment of school isolation spaces could be attained.”

Meanwhile, 19 of the 22 students sitting for the exams with COVID-19 have reportedly recovered.

“We are looking forward to screening all the students running into tens of thousands. For now, only students in exiting classes are in school; it is good they are coming in batches.

“The positive ones are identified and then treated before being integrated fully without distorting their examination. We have trained school health masters and clinic-in-charge on basic management procedures of COVID-19 and surveillance,” he explained.


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