FG releases 7 COVID-19 safety guidelines for schools as students resume
With students across the country resuming back to classes on Monday, January 18, (except in cases of a few states like Kaduna), the federal government has issued some safety protocols towards stemming the tide of the scary second wave of COVID-19 infection.
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The safety protocols were issued on Monday by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in consultation with the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and the Federal Ministry of Education.
Nigeria presently has 110,387 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 89,317 total recoveries and 1,435 deaths as the NCDC announced 1444 new cases on Sunday, January 17.
In the manual in which the safety guidelines were contained, states are urged to conduct the risk assessment on the schools on a quarterly basis, monthly by the local governments and weekly by the school managements.
These are the safety guideline:
i. Schools should provide learners with a “medical status” form to be completed by all parents and kept in confidence by the school head.
ii. Ensure that a triage point is identified and well-marked at the entrance where everyone gaining access to the school is screened for high temperature, requested to wear masks and perform hand hygiene.
iii. Ensure that classrooms are well ventilated with a minimum of one-metre sitting arrangement.
iv. Ensure that all staff, visitors and students above 6 years wear face masks at all times.
v. All schools must identify a section that can serve as a sample collection site.
vi. All schools must ensure that there is sufficient access to running water, soap and handwashing facilities.
vii. Staff at sickbay should be trained and provided with required PPE.
Other information is contained in the manual which can be accessed HERE.
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Meanwhile, amid mounting scare across the country over the second wave of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, the "sick and too old" people have been admonished to stay away from the worship centres.
This advice was given by the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Monday, January 18, in a statement released by the body's general secretary, Joseph Daramola.
CAN warned that COVID-19 is real and deadly, saying all its member must follow all the necessary safety protocols which include "no entry without facemasks."
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