Although schools officially opened a few weeks ago, some states pushed the resumption dates forward to ensure that everyone who was being monitored for the Ebola virus had been cleared. Those schools formally resumed today and the state governments are taking precautions to ensure that our children are kept safe. One of such states is the Osun state government, who according to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), provided infra-red thermometers to public schools in the state. This information was provided by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education in Osun, Mr Lawrence Oyeniran.
According to him,
“The non-contact infra-red thermometers are enough to go round the 1,593 public schools in the state and teachers have received basic training in handling basic health issues.
“The procurement of infra-red thermometers and training of teachers are conditions fulfilled by the state government in preparation for school resumption tomorrow against Ebola.
“We are not taking any chance bearing in mind that some of our children could have visited West African countries….
“We have trained our teachers to note that a high temperature in a student does not automatically indicate that the student is infected with Ebola but need for prompt medical attention.
“This much the government has done, it is the duty of the schools’ heads to uphold healthy lifestyle and ensure hand-washing as a matter of duty,’’ Oyeniran explained.
“Head teachers in all public schools in the state have been advised to carefully manage the information acquired through the use of infra-red thermometers to avoid unnecessary apprehension.’’
This is good news for parents of children in Osun state public schools.
* News source: News Agency of Nigeria (Nan)
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