Port Harcourt - Some states in the Niger Delta region said on Wednesday that adequate preparations had been put in place to check Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) spread ahead of schools resumption on September 22.
A survey showed that stakeholders such as the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Parents, and the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) are insisting that state governments should provide needed materials to check the spread of the virus.
State governments on their part have been carrying out sensitisation and awareness campaigns for teachers and health workers on how to prevent EVD and measures to take if there are reported cases.
In Rivers, the government and UNICEF conducted training for 5,000 teachers in private and public schools on Ebola prevention.
The Commissioner for Education, Alice Nemi, said government would shut down schools without pipe borne water.
Nemi told the teachers that the aim was to ensure that students and pupils washed their hands with soap and maintained good hygiene in schools.
The Commissioner for Information and Communications, Ibim Semenitari, however, said that no decision had been taken on the September 22 resumption date given by the Federal Government.
The Chairman of NUT, Godfrey Nwogu, said the union would comply with the directive of its national body on the resumption date.
However, Bright Amaewhule, the proprietor of Nobles school in Port Harcourt, said the school would resume on Sept. 22.
"We will comply with the directive of the Federal Government because the state government had already trained teachers on the virus and how to check it.
"Private school proprietors like ours have also bought infrared thermometer to check the temperature of pupils and students in our schools.
"We have pipe borne water with soaps and even a medical team to ensure that our students are protected at all times,’’ he said.
The principal of a government secondary school, who sought anonymous, said the school would wait for the state government to give the go ahead before re-opening schools.
"Our school, like others is owned by the state government and we have to comply with their instruction. But, we want government to assist some of its owned schools to repair our boreholes to ensure adequate water supply for the students,’’ he said.
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The Bayelsa government on its part said it would comply with the September 22 resumption date given by the Federal Government.
The Commissioner for Education, Sola Adikumo said in Yenagoa on Wednesday that government was making all arrangements to ensure that teachers, pupils and students in the state were protected against the virus.
Ogola Brandla, the NUT Chairman in Bayelsa said that the union was satisfied with the September 22 date.
He urged the federal and state governments to provide medical facilities to assist teachers check the spread of the virus in schools.