by Alli Mustapha
The Lagos State Government has mandated public and private school heads, proprietors, teachers and administrators to adopt prompt preventive measures against outbreak of the coronavirus disease in schools to express its concern about the health and safety of students and pupils in the state.
It stated that the announcement was necessary in other to curb possible spread of the disease especially amongst children, who are vulnerable members of society.
The state’s Commissioner for Education, Folasade Adefisayo, explained that based on data gathered from various countries, the disease is not that fatal but could lead to death in persons with low immunity or with a higher susceptibility to infections, like children, and that it had then become imperative to curtail any eventuality, and prevent possible emergence of an outbreak of the disease as well as other ones.
Adefisayo reiterated that the playful nature of children made them more vulnerable to viral infections, and also noted that if not properly managed, school children could act as bridge, taking the infection from their schools into their respective homes and neighbourhoods.
In a statement released by the Commissioner through the ministry Public Affairs Unit Head, Kayode Abayomi, the commissioner had explained that in order to curb possible spread of coronavirus in communities, it was of paramount importance to keep the younger generation safe.
She emphasized that schools were, therefore, expected to provide facilities for regular hand washing and sanitization, instill values of cleanliness in their pupils and stay observant to note, separate and inform authorities of any child who showed symptoms.
“The State Government, through the Ministry of Health, recently activated an Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) which is the command and control centre where possible suspected cases are screened and to coordinate operational information and resources for the strategic management of emergencies in preparation against infectious diseases,”
“Such facilities will be meaningless if we do not pay proper attention to the health nd wellbeing of our children, the future generations, who are particularly susceptible to the spread of viral diseases, and as such must be protected, hence, government’s manadation of schools adoption of preventive measures against coronavirus”.
Adefisayo advised school heads and administrators to provide clean wash hand stands with water and soap alongside alcohol based hand sanitizers at designated points within their school premises to prevent possible spread of the disease and added that students and teachers should keep their hands and fingers away from their noses, eyes and mouths and to avoid contact with suspected infected persons.