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