School resumption: FG raises alarm over possible rise of COVID-19 cases

School resumption: FG raises alarm over possible rise of COVID-19 cases

- The federal government has warned that COVID-19 cases may rise over the reopening of schools

- The minister of health, Osagie Ehanire, made the disclosure on Tuesday, September 29

- Many schools across the country resumed academic activities on September 21

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Following the resumption of both public and private secondary and primary schools in some states across the country, the federal government has warned that the cases of COVID-19 may be on the rise.

Daily Trust reports that the minister of health, Osagie Ehanire, on Tuesday, September 29, said the government feared a likely surge in coronavirus cases in the country.

Legit.ng gathered that he said this in Abuja at the briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.

School resumption: FG raises alarm over possible rise of COVID-19 cases
The minister of health, Osagie Ehanire, speaking during PTF on COVID-19 briefing in Abuja. Credit: Twitter/Osagie Ehanire.
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The minister, who was represented by the minister of state for health, Olorunnimbe Mamora, said there may be a surge in the number of cases unless there is a review of the response to integrate new ways to prevent it.

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Ehanire said:

“As business and schools begin to open and as travels begin to pick up, we fear that we may have a surge in the number of cases unless we scale up surveillance and review our response plan to integrate new ways to deal with the disease."

According to him, a total of 58,460 confirmed cases had been recorded as of Tuesday, September 29, with 1,111 deaths and 49,895 discharged.

He noted that the result was from a total of 509,555 persons tested for COVID-19.

The minister added:

“We currently have 7,454 active cases which are being managed at home or are in treatment centres with about half of them in Lagos state.”

He emphasised that the Nigeria Institute of Medical Research had developed a molecular test for COVID-19 that could give results in less than 40 minutes.

In his response, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and chairman, Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, said Nigeria’s cases of the virus were dropping compared on a month-to-month basis.

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He noted that the NCDC had issued an advisory on the consequences of not testing enough, urging the states to increase the rate of testing.

Mustapha said Nigeria would benefit from the 120 million effective rapid test tools rolled out by the World Health Organisation, capable of providing reliable results in 30 minutes.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Bayelsa state governor, Douye Diri, directed the full reopening of schools in the state for the commencement of the third term academic session from October 5, 2020.

It was reported that the decision was the outcome of a meeting of the committee on safe re-opening of schools held at the government house in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa capital, on Monday, September 28.

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