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We’ve done everything to protect students during resumption on Monday —FG

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The Federal Ministry of Health on Friday said

it had taken adequate steps in collaborating

with other stakeholders to ensure safety in

schools ahead of the September 22

resumption date.

Mr Dan Nwomeh, Special Assistant on Media

and Communications to the Health Minister,

made this known in a text message to the

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

He said the Ministry of Education was

responsible for the reopening of schools but

the Ministry of Health provided advice to the

education authorities to ensure safety in

schools.

Nwomeh added that the ministry had

provided the same support to all relevant

bodies, groups and agencies of government in

tackling any possible spread of the Ebola Virus

Disease (EVD).

“The Federal Ministry of Health has done its

job by providing expertise advice to the

Federal Ministry of Education just the same

way it does to those holding rallies and mass

gatherings as the NBA conference.

“The Federal and State Ministries of Education

and owners of private schools are supposed

to act on our recommendations by making

the necessary arrangements for the

reopening of schools,’’ the text read.

In a related development, investigation by

NAN revealed that some schools in the

Federal Capital Territory (FCT) were making

arrangements ahead of their resumption on

Monday.

In some of the schools visited by NAN their

administrators said in separate interviews

that preventive measures were being adopted

in compliance with the directive by the

Federal Government.

Mrs Grace Enoyi, the Principal of Madonna

Model School, a privately owned primary and

secondary school in Garki Area 3, Abuja, said

the school would put in place preventive

measures against Ebola.

“The school is doing its best to put preventive

measures in place against the EVD as well as

sensitise both students and their parents

about the deadly virus.

“We have Infrared thermometers, buckets

with water and disinfectants, soaps; one each

in every classroom and another with a

teacher.

“Students will be checked for temperatures

before entering the school, those with

temperatures above 38 degrees will not be

allowed to come in, parents are advised to

seek medical help for children with fever,’’ she

said.

Enoyi added that the school nurses had

attended various workshops on preventive

measures and early detection of the disease.

At the Royal Rainbow International School,

Lugbe, FCT, the Principal, Mr Samson Okono,

said the school would resume on Monday.

He said the management had provided the

necessary equipment to check the spread of

EVD as prescribed by the ministry of health.

“We have put all measures prescribed by the

health authorities in place to ensure the

safety of our pupils, students and staff,’’

Okono added.

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