Ebola: Public Schools Resume In Osun State

EbolaPublic Schools across Osun State finally resumed on Monday after the long break due to the Ebola Virus Disease scare.

The holiday was also extended based on the directive of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) Headquarters to ensure that all necessary protective equipment are supplied to the school.

Channels Television correspondent reports that while only few schools were seen using the infrared thermometer to check the status of the pupils, others did not have the thermometer as students were seen going in freely without any check.

Although no wash-hand basin was sighted in any of the schools visited, the principal of one of the secondary schools, who spoke to us off camera, confirmed that the State Government had provided the required protective materials but they would be brought out for appropriate use.

In the meantime, efforts to reach the State Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Teachers, NUT, Saka Adesiyan, was not fruitful as he was said to be out of town.

The students have, however, settled down for serious work in most of the schools ‎to make up for lost weeks.

Abuja Schools Resume, Screen Pupils for Symptoms of Ebola Virus

Abuja schoolsThere was screening of pupils for symptoms of Ebola Virus Disease in the nations capital as schools resumed on Monday for a new session after the long vacation.

Resumption had been delayed after the importation of the disease into the country by a Liberian-American, Mr Patrick Sawyer, who died of the disease in Lagos.

The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) had insisted that schools remained closed for fear that necessary safety measures have not been put in place by authorities to protect school children from the disease.

When Channels Television visited some Abuja schools, buckets, hand washing bowls and screening of pupils for high temperature were seen.

While some administrators decided to conduct these tests at the gates, others did so at the assembly ground.

Nigeria currently has no single case of Ebola, but both the government and health experts have continued to encourage citizens to keep proper hygiene.

Now that school children are resuming in some parts of the country, school administrators are expected to keep the needed vigilance for fear of another outbreak.