COVID-19: FG to disinfect schools across the country

COVID-19: FG to disinfect schools across the country

- The federal government continues to roll out measures in its fight against the spread of coronavirus in Nigeria

- The Nigerian government announced plans for the disinfection and decontamination of schools across the country

- This was disclosed by the minister of environment, Muhammad Mahmood, on Monday, May 4

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In its efforts to curb the devastating spread of coronavirus in the country, the federal government has announced that it is initiating a programme of decontaminating and disinfecting schools nationwide.

Muhammad Mahmood, the minister of environment, who disclosed this on Monday, May 4, at the Presidential Task Force briefing on COVID-19 in Abuja said the schools would be disinfected before they open.

According to Daily Trust, the minister said the Ministry of Environment is liaising with the federal Ministry of Education to get the data of schools nationwide in order to carry out the exercise.

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COVID-19: FG to disinfect schools across the country
Federal government to disinfect schools across the country
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He said: “We’re initiating a programme of decontaminating and disinfecting our schools before they open. Because subsequently in the phases (of relaxing the lockdown), I believe we’ll get to that point when we start opening the schools.

“So, we’ll be liaising with the Federal Ministry of Education to make sure we have the needed data to carry out the exercise.”

Though Mahmood did not reveal when the disinfection exercise would start, he noted that the Ministry of Environment has been making efforts to begin the programme.

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Meanwhile, previously reported that the federal government has decided to disinfect not less than 123 aircraft and about 13 airports throughout Nigeria.

This proposed move by the Nigerian government was revealed on Wednesday, April 29, by the minister of environment, Muhammad Mahmood, in Abuja.

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Briefing the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19, Mahmood stated that the ministry is taking a slow pace in the decontamination exercise because of the sensitive and delicate nature of the aviation industry.

The minister said: “It is a place that when it comes to safety, everything must be followed carefully, and even when we want to do that, we have to follow their lead as to how and where to go while decontaminating the aircraft."

In a related development, the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) says Nigerians should stay away from behaviours that may cause the spread of COVID-19 cases in the country or prepare for another lockdown.

The chairman of the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) chapter, Dr Lanre Olosunde, gave the advice on Sunday, May 3, during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ilorin, Kwara state's capital.

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