Lagos State government has stressed the need for stakeholders in the education sector to be knowledgeable on management of the risks associated with the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and apply it accordingly when schools resumes next week Monday.
Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye, at a sensitization meeting yesterday, with Tutors-General/Permanent Secretaries of all the six education districts in the state, the Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), and Permanent Secretary, Teachers’ Establishment and Pensions Office, TEPO, explained that the sensitization meeting was in furtherance of measures to curtail the spread of EVD among pupils and students in the state.
According to her, principals of public schools from the six education districts as well as education secretaries and head teachers of public schools in the state would be sensitized on the management of the risks associated with the disease today at the NUT Pavilion, Central Business Districts, CBD, Alausa, while private schools’ proprietors would also be sensitized tomorrow, also at the NUT Pavilion, Ikeja.
Oladunjoye said environmental and personal hygiene measures such as the training and sensitization of students, vendors, teachers and non academic staff on the virus and how to avoid it would be re-emphasized for compliance.
“We shall also tell them to identify an EVD Focal Officer in each of the school who will be responsible for surveillance and health monitoring as well as the provision of adequate environmental sanitation, including clean toilets and premises in their school.”
The meeting, the commissioner said, would also dwell on the provision of running water and soap and the encouragement of frequent hand washing among students and pupils and the arrangement of prompt referral of any sick person to the nearest health institution for treatment.