- Barely a week after resuming school, a six-year-old girl has lost her life
- The permanent representative to the United Nations, Mohamad Safa, disclosed that the little girl died of the deadly coronavirus
- The diplomat says it is better for kids to miss a year of school than losing a future
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A permanent representative to the United Nations, Mohamad Safa, has disclosed that a six-year-old girl died of COVID-19 seven days after resuming school.
On Saturday, September 19, Safa took to his Twitter page with the handle @mhdksafa to make the disclosure.
The diplomat, however, did not state where the unfortunate incident happened.
According to Safa, the little girl contracted the virus when she resumed school and later died from the disease.
''Heartbreaking. 6 year daughter started school last week. Got Covid-19 in school and just passed away. Killed her in 7 days."
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In an earlier tweet, Safa said it is better for kids to miss a year of school than losing a future.
The diplomat advised parents to use this time to teach their kids how to plant, cook and other things that will add to their development.
According to him, not all learning is done in a classroom.
In other news, ahead of the full reopening of some secondary and primary schools across Nigeria on Monday, September 21, the federal government has released new COVID-19 guidelines for the school administrators.
The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, on Thursday, September 17, mandated schools to carry out weekly risk assessments, adding that states and local governments would conduct monthly and quarterly risk assessments.
The head, department of surveillance and epidemiology, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Elsie Ilori, announced this in Abuja at the joint PTF briefing on COVID-19.
She said the PTF has continued to educate the public on measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19.
“We have also continued to review the situation in other countries that have re-opened schools. We also receive guidance from WHO and other public health authorities.
“We are working closely with the federal ministry of education, PTF-COVID-19, states and our partners to ensure that the required safety measures are in place to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on our schools," she said.
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