COVID-19: FG says schools must meet all safety measures before they can reopen

COVID-19: FG says schools must meet all safety measures before they can reopen

- The federal government has said schools must put in all safety measures on COVID-19 before they are allowed to reopen

- The minister of state for health, Olorunnimbe Mamora made the disclosure in Abuja

- Mamora said findings have shown that children and adolescents also contract the coronavirus

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The federal government has said schools must put in all safety measures recommended by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 before they are allowed to reopen.

The minister of state for health, Olorunnimbe Mamora made the disclosure on Thursday, September 10, in Abuja at the PTF on COVID-19 briefing.

COVID019: FG says schools must meet all safety measures before they can reopen

FG has insisted that schools must ensure the safety of students by complying with all measures on COVID-19. Photo credits: Getty Images
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He explained that findings have shown that 10 % of positive coronavirus cases in Nigeria affect children and adolescents with more than half of them in the age bracket of 10-18 years, NAN reported.

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The minister stated that the findings justify the caution by the PTF that schools must put in all safety measures recommended before they can begin classes.

“It is therefore pertinent at this point to renew the warning of the PTF on the reopening of schools so as not to expose our children to the risk of infections,” he said.

Mamora further disclosed that Nigeria has continued to record low positivity rates even as the number of samples tested has increased.

He, however, pointed out that the low rates recorded do not imply the disease is reducing because many states are not testing adequately.

He noted that it was important for states to continue testing until the country reaches its daily targets.

Meanwhile, the Lagos government has given a crucial update on the reopening of tertiary institutions in the state amid the terrible scourge of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Tokunbo Wahab, the special adviser to Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on education, disclosed that the state government will do a phased reopening of universities and polytechnics by starting with final-year students, Channels TV reported.

Wahab explained that this category of students who have been receiving lectures online will return to their campuses, take their revision and then write examinations and projects before others will begin to resume.

In another report, polytechnic lecturers in Nigeria under the aegis of the Academic Staff of Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) have warned the federal government against reopening tertiary institutions due to the coronavirus.

The union noted that there are no provisions to meet COVID-19 precautionary guidelines in universities, polytechnics and colleges of education if there is an outbreak of the virus on campus.

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