No closure of schools over Coronavirus, says Nigeria

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

Against the backdrop of the devastating spread of Coronavirus across countries of the world, including Nigeria, the Federal Government has declared there would be no closure of schools over the ravaging virus officially known as COVID-19.

Whereas institutions of learning in Europe and the United States have been shut to curb the spread of the viral disease, the Federal Ministry of Education (FME), Abuja, FCT, said schools in Nigeria would remain open as the virus, currently, is being delimited.

The Nation also reports that Sonnie Ochono, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, noted that the situation was being monitored.

“We are monitoring the situation closely. Students are being taught to wash hands regularly, avoid triggers and touching, and so forth.

“The index case has recovered and is now negative. The second case proved negative,” he wrote.

The COVID-19 Guidance Control for Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) released March 5, 2020, nonetheless, noted that closure of schools or ban on public events is not necessary for now.

The document, report says, advised schools to provide water, soap, and enlighten teachers and learners to practise good hygiene.

“The most important advice is for all schools to encourage their students to maintain good hand and respiratory hygiene to remain safe.

“School proprietors, headmasters and head mistresses must ensure that students have access to clean water and soap at all times while on the school premises.

“The best way for schools to avoid COVID-19 infection is to ensure students and teachers wash their hands frequently; show students how to cough or sneeze into a tissue, or to cough into their elbow if they cannot get tissue; clean and disinfect their premises often; and encourage sick students and teachers to stay home

“As of today (March 5), it is not necessary to close schools or to cancel large gatherings,” stated the document.

Meanwhile, the Lagos State Ministry of Education was said to have produced video and audio clips to spread awareness about preventing spread of the virus among schools and communities.

Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo, Lagos State Commissioner for Education, featured in the video admonishing high school pupils to wash their hands regularly while demonstrating how it should be done in practical terms.

Kindly Share This Story