by Oluwatosin Fatoyinbo
Schools in Lagos state may not be resuming on September 22 as scheduled by the Federal Government. The Governor, Babatunde Fashola made this known when the country representative of the World Health Organization, Mr. Rui Van Gaz who paid him a courtesy visit in his office.
“The state government is in the process of ascertaining through scientific risk evaluation, whether it will accept the date announced by the Federal Government.”
He said that it was safer to postpone the resumption considering the risks involved in opening schools on September 22.
Mr. Van Gaz, commended the Governor Fashola and his team for their efforts at containing of Ebola virus urging the state not to be complacent as the battle has not yet been won.
“On schools resumption, we need to ensure that the schools are fully prepared in terms of availability of water, soaps and sanitizers. The teachers must be fully aware of what needed to be done when they are faced with any suspected case of Ebola Virus Disease, EVD in their school. The students must be enlightened about the symptoms of the deadly disease.
“Even though the number of Ebola cases has reduced and most of the contacts are out of the 21-day quarantine, we should avoid any complacency. Until the last case is over and surveillance completed, we should not relent in the effort at tackling the disease. We need to learn from this experience by not only dealing with the disease but to strengthen the entire health system in the country.”