Abuja - The Lagos State government has commenced the distribution of sanitary wares and education instructional material to schools as part of efforts to prevent the recurrence of the Ebola virus.
Among the material are water tanks, buckets, soaps, gloves, posters, handbills, instructional compact discs and other handouts.
Special Adviser to the State Governor on Public Health, Yewande Adeshina, who addressed teachers and head of schools at the Eko FM ground, Agidingbi, Ikeja, said the state government postponed the resumption of schools earlier slated for September 22 to yesterday in order to put some preventive mechanism in place prior to resumption of schools.
She explained that part of the preventive and infection control mechanism include training of teachers and focal persons for each schools on Ebola prevention, procurement and distribution of thermoscans- a device for checking temperature, production and distribution of Information, education and enlightenment materials including posters and handbills on Ebola as well as and hand washing to schools and mobilising heads of schools on how to source and make water available in their respective schools.
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Adeshina said the state government had data of water supply to public schools, while efforts are being made to provide permanent water in those schools that currently lack supply. According to her, these measures include the provision of water tanks, water tank stands, coloured and transparent buckets as well distribution of N5 000 to schools for the purchase of water, pending provision of permanent source of water.
She noted that the state government will include ‘a hand washing’ class in the school curriculum to encourage practical session on hand washing in a bid to inculcate the culture of hand washing in pupils, adding that the measure would also inculcate high standard of personal hygiene in pupils.
“We have posters to educate pupils on Ebola Virus Disease. We also have posters that give instructional aid to proper hand washing technique. This posters and instructional materials are designed to be posted on the walls of classrooms. A compact disc to aid teachers on presentation on EVD and a student handout manual on the disease have also being distributed,” added Adeshina.
– CAJ News