By Abiodun Esan
Ilorin – Kwara Government has arranged a center for a 16-year female student that tested positive for COVID-19 currently sitting for the Senior Secondary School Examination (SSSE) in Ilorin.
Rafiu Ajakaye, spokesman for the Technical Committee on COVID-19 in the disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday in Ilorin.
He said that the patient was sitting for her examination at the Kwara State COVID-19/Infectious Disease Centre in Ilorin.
Ajakaye said that government has to arrange the center for the female candidate to avoid stigmatisation.
“The patient, whose name and school were withheld to avoid stigma wrote her Agricultural Science paper on Wednesday under close supervision by an official of the West African Examination Council (WAEC),” he said.
Ajakaye said the Team Lead/Manager Case Management Team, Kwara COVID-19/Infectious Diseases Centre, Dr Kudirat Oladeji-Lambe, confirmed that the candidate was asymptomatic, stable, and fit to write the exams.
“The person in question is one of the final year Senior Secondary School students that have enrolled for the ongoing West African Senior School Certificate Examination and she’s right here writing her exam.
“She is asymptomatic, which means she does not show any symptoms, and she’s stable. She is just here to observe her two weeks isolation process.
“We have certified that she’s both mentally and physically fit to write her exams.
“She was a close contact with a close relative of hers that tested positive. It was through contact tracing that she happened to be tested positive.
“The candidate was admitted yesterday (Tuesday). She missed a paper yesterday and we informed the authorities.
“As child advocates, once she had enrolled for WAEC, the government felt she has the right to write her papers.
“That’s why the state government thought it wise to arrange for her in order not to miss other papers.
“The state government deemed it fit to arrange for her to have safe place for her to write the exam without fear of stigmatisation or risk to other students,” the doctor said.
NAN reports that Kwara currently has a total of 906 confirmed cases of COVID-19, out of which 186 were active while 687 have been managed and discharged.
Twenty three persons have died of the pandemic in the state,” the doctor said. (NAN)