COVID-19: Government deploys 40,000 health volunteers to WAEC centres

*Health officers would enforce physical distancing guidelines and use of facemasks, hand washing, hand sanitisers, hand wash stations at all schools ─EHORECON Acting Registrar

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

In order to reduce the spread of the novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) across the country, the Federal Government has approved the deployment of 40,000 Environmental Health Volunteers (EHVs) in all the 19,000 designated centres for this year’s West African Examinations Council (WAEC) nationwide.

Dr. Yakubu Baba, Acting Registrar of Environmental Health Officers Registration Council of Nigeria (EHORECON), said this Thursday, in Abuja, FCT, during the decontamination and disinfestation of Federal Science and Technical College (FSTC) Orozo, in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC).

Baba said that the health officers would enforce the physical/social distance rules like compulsory use of facemasks and hand washing, as well as ensuring that the hand sanitisers, hand wash stations are provided in all the schools, according to Leadership.

The exercise, according to the EHORECON Acting Registrar, is a follow-up to the directive Dr. Mahmood Abubakar, Honourable Minister for Environment, issued in Kaduna State.

The Minster has promised to deploy licensed Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) that would decontaminate and disinfest the 104 Unity Colleges nationwide.

Baba ales stated that Abubakar has directed that the Ministry, in collaboration with EHORECON, would set-up monitoring committee that would deploy a technology known as ATP machine to detect the efficacy of the decontamination chemicals used in the schools.

The ministry agreed on the need for private sector participation in the disinfestation and decontamination exercise in line with the directive of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, for a conducive learning environment for the students, he said.

Mrs. Grace Kenneth, the Principal of FSTC Orozo, who was excited with the decontamination of the entire school premises by the Ministry of Environment, said that the exercise would guarantee conducive learning environment for the students.

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