- The association of resident doctors in Nigeria has reacted to the FG's plan to reopen schools nationwide
- The president of the association, Dr Okhuaihesuyi reveals why he is opposed to schools reopening
- The medical practitioner highlighted the danger that could result from such a decision
The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has spoken against the plan by the federal government to reopen schools on January 18 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
NARD's president, Dr Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, warned that it would be dangerous to reopen schools now due to the spike in COVID-19 cases.
He told The Nation that the government’s decision was faulty because it had not made sufficient provisions to stop the spread of the disease.
The medical practitioner said:
“I feel that the government is making a mistake with the recent proposed opening of schools in the next few days."
"It will be insensitive because they have not made any provision as ways of precautionary measures to stop the second wave of the COVID-19, and they have not given instructions to any institution be it schools, nurses and military among others."
Okhuaihesuyi stated that sending students back to school at this period is a disaster waiting to happen.
He said the COVID-19 related deaths that are occurring in medical centres across the country are increasing daily.
The doctor noted that many Nigerians were yet to adhere to simple COVID-19 guidelines like wearing their face masks.
Meanwhile, following the announcement for the resumption of academic activities for all public and private schools across the country, the federal ministry of education has updated the COVID-19 guidelines for schools.
The Punch reported that the federal government also suspended assembly and visiting days in all the schools.
The guidelines were contained in a statement issued on Thursday, January 14, by the ministry’s director of press and public relations, Ben Bem Goong.
Another report has emerged that state governments influenced the federal government's decision to approve the reopening of schools nationwide.
The report noted that states insisted that there was no going back on January 18 date in spite of the efforts by the minister to persuade them to have a rethink because of the need to stem the rising virus cases.
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