FG gives updates when to reopen schools.
According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, with“the onset of the wet season which comes along with an increase in flu-like diseases”.
Children are more vulnerable to contracting and spreading COVID-19 if schools are reopened immediately.
The NCDC also said with the nation’s weak health system as well as the very low risk perception of the COVID-19 pandemic, reopening schools now would further spread the coronavirus in the country.
Yahaya Disu who is the NCDC’s Head of Risk Communication made it known that poor public perception and compliance to health protocol in accordance with the COVID-19 guideline (prevention) is the main reason government is yet to consider to reopening of schools.
Disu revealed this during a webinar hosted by Plan International Nigeria’s Country Director, Hussaini Abdu, with support from the European Union, EU, at the weekend
According to Yahaya Disu, “The risk perception by the public is still very low and it is because our population structure consists mostly of youths who may have the disease and not have symptoms.”
“Re-opening schools will further spread the disease.
If there is good level of compliance, then we could consider school reopening.
“School children are likely not going to comply and it could spread the disease among them as majority of our pupils go to school in vehicles and the transport sector is known to have poor record of compliance.”
Similarly, Prof. Mabel Evwierhoma of the University of Abuja advised that government should take a cue from some private higher institutions of learning by investing mixed learning to get over the coronavirus pandemic in the country.
The Prof, also encouraged campus radios to back up remote learning in higher institutions in particular.
Federal government said to consider reopening of schools in the country, there must be good level of compliance with the directives and the COVID-19 guidelines.