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.

Full Text: Statement On Resumption Of All Nursery, Primary And Secondary Schools In Lagos State

LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT
MINISTRY OF INFORMATION AND STRATEGY
The Secretariat, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria
P.M.B. 1613, Ikeja

PRESS STATEMENT ON THE RESUMPTION OF ALL NURSERY, PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN LAGOS STATE.

1. Concerning the resumption of all public and private nursery, primary and secondary schools for the 2014/2015 session, Lagos State Government supports the September 22, 2014 date, which was announced by the Federal Government after a national consultation on efforts to contain the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Nigeria.

2. Although this resumption date is advisory, as education is a concurrent matter to be regulated by the respective Federal and States Authorities, Lagos State Government considers it eminently justifiable, in view of the fact that there is currently no known carrier of EVD in our State at the moment. Furthermore, the last individual suspected to have been exposed to the virus will be discharged from observation on September 18, 2014, if he tests negative for the virus. All public and private educational institutions in the State are therefore directed to schedule their resumption accordingly.

3. Considering the current situation report, it is clear that the risk of infection with EVD in Lagos State has been significantly reduced. Health professionals working on the outbreak are also in agreement that there is no reason why schools should remain closed beyond the 22nd of September, 2014.

4. In spite of the foregoing, the State Government has now developed and will deploy all resources necessary to sustain the capacity to promptly take into custody any person suspected to be infected with EVD, as well as safely test, monitor and isolate such a person for treatment as may be found necessary without endangering other members of the public.

5. We also acknowledge the need for everyone to remain very vigilant, as the disease still remains in other countries within the sub-region. The following steps will therefore be taken in all schools, whether public or private, before and after resumption of schools:
(a) Training and sensitization of students, vendors, teachers and non academic staff on EVD and how to avoid it;
(b) Identification of EVD Focal Persons in schools who would be responsible for surveillance and health monitoring;
(c) Provision of adequate environmental sanitation, including clean toilets and premises;
(d) Provision of running water and soap and encouragement of frequent hand washing;
(e) Sensitisation of students on other personal hygiene habits, like the use of handkerchiefs when sneezing or coughing; and
(f) Arrangement for prompt referral of any sick person to the nearest health institution for treatment.

7. In spite of the foregoing, the State Government reiterates that the health of all its residents is a matter of utmost importance and, if any reasons emerge for a reconsideration of the school resumption date, a well-considered decision will be taken and the general public will be informed accordingly.

8. The State Government salutes the health personnel and health institutions that have done their best to ensure the containment of EVD. Government officials will meet presently with those health institutions, which might have suffered adverse economic consequences as a result, and will find ways of assisting them to mitigate their loses and safely reopen for business as soon as possible.

SIGNED:

LATEEF RAJI

SPECIAL ADVISER ON INFORMATION AND STRATEGY

SEPTEMBER 12, 2014