The Federal Government, yesterday took a decision to cub and control the spread of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, in the country that has grounded too many activities and gatherings all over the country due to the fear the virus comes along with and the ease it transfers through people when in contact with a carrier of the virus . The Federal Government came to the decision in the best interest of its citizens ,as it announced the postponement for resumption of all primary and secondary schools till October 13, even as government cleared the air on the health status of a sister to the late Dr. Stella Ameyo Adadevoh, confirming that she is Ebola-free.
The Minister of Education, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau , in Abuja yesterday , said the decision became necessary in view of the risk posed by the Ebola virus which could easily spread through schools.
His words: “All primary and secondary schools, both public and private are to remain closed until Monday October 13, 2014 which is the new school resumption date for all schools throughout the Federation”. Nigerian schools were originally scheduled to re-open in the second week of September.
Shekarau, who briefed the press at the end of a meeting with state commissioners of education, added that all on-going summer schools were also affected with immediate effect.
Further, he said the change in the resumption date was also to enable the Federal and state governments, as well as school authorities put in place adequate preventive measures before the pupils returned to school.
“All state Ministries of Education are to immediately organise and ensure that at least two (2) staff in each school, both public and private, are trained by appropriate health workers on how to handle any suspected case of Ebola and also embark on immediate sensitization of all teaching and non-teaching staff in all schools on preventive measures. This training of staff must be concluded not later than September 15, 2014” he added .