NCDC Demands Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly Assessment As Schools Reopen

As schools resume nationwide, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has urged states to conduct risk assessment to mitigate the exposure level of pupils to COVID-19.

The centre advised that the risk assessment should be conducted weekly by schools, monthly by local government areas and quarterly by states.

Speaking at a media briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja, the Director-General of the NCDC, Dr Chike Ihekweazu, explained that the agency and the Federal Ministry of Education had developed a guideline to support states and schools in preparing for safe reopening.

The DG emphasised that all staff, visitors and students above six years must wear face masks at all times, adding that teachers had the discretion to define circumstances when the wearing of a face mask is not appropriate for children, particularly, those with special needs.

The agency equally recommended access to running water, soap and hand washing facilities, pointing out that staff at the sickbay should be trained and provided with required personal protection equipment.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman of the PTF, Boss Mustapha, warned against second wave of the pandemic in Nigeria.

The PTF Chairman said the task force would soon unveil the next steps regarding the remaining phase of the eased lockdown.

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