Ebola: Lagos Shifts Schools’ Resumption Date to October 8

The Lagos State Government yesterday shifted the resumption date for public and private schools in the state to October 8 contrary to ...



The Lagos State Government yesterday shifted the resumption date for public and private schools in the state to October 8 contrary to September 22, which the federal government initially approved.

The state Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, disclosed this after a meeting with the principals, vice-principals and head teachers of public secondary and primary schools in the state at the Lagos Television complex, Ikeja.

At the meeting, the governor said the additional two weeks of holiday would allow the state government “to put in place all necessary precautionary measures against Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the schools.”

Fashola said there “are no sides to the issue of containing the spread of the virus in state as both the government and the teachers are on the same side.

“Let me assure you that there are no divisions or sides to the issue at hand. All of us - government and teachers - are on the same side. We are all on the side of safety.
“That is why I commend you for your concern for safety. The biggest fear I have every day is that nothing must happen to anyone of you.”

He, however, emphasised the need for everyone to rededicate themselves to good personal and environmental hygiene particularly hand washing techniques.
The governor added that the need to do so could not be over emphasised now since such acts can help to eradicate the virus in our state.

He explained that all public schools in the state would be connected to the Lagos State Water Corporation in order to ensure that they have potable water in the schools.

Fashola noted that each floor of public school would have hand washing bucket to ensure effective hand washing among the students and pupils of public schools.

Earlier, the state Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), Mr. Adesegun Raheem commended the state government for controlling and combating the virus.

He added that if other countries “have shown the same commitment and dedication shown by the state government in the fight against the virus, the EVD issue would have been a thing of the past now.”

Also speaking, the Special Adviser on Public Health, Dr Yewande Adeshina, said thermoscans machines “have been distributed to each public school in the state.”
She added that schools that “have not yet collected theirs should immediately go to their education district to collect as they have been distributed to each district.”

- Gboyega Akinsanmi (ThisDay)

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