Ebola: Lagos Lines Up Sensitization Meetings On Virus Management In Schools With Stakeholders

In preparation for the resumption of academic exercise in Lagos State schools on Monday, 22nd September, 2014, the state government has lined up a series of sensitization meetings on the management of the risks associated with the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) with major stakeholders in the education sector.

The state Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye who disclosed this on Tuesday, 16th September, 2014, in Lagos at a sensitization meeting with Tutors-General/Permanent Secretaries of all the six education districts in the state; the Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB); and Permanent Secretary, Teachers’ Establishment and Pensions Office (TEPO); explained that the sensitization meeting is in furtherance of measures to curtail the spread of the deadly Ebola Virus among pupils and students in the state.

She noted that principals of public schools from the six education districts as well as Education Secretaries and head teachers of public schools in the state will be sensitized on the management of the risks associated with the Ebola Virus Disease on

Wednesday, 17th September, 2014 at the NUT Pavilion, Central Business Districts (CBD) in Alausa while private schools’ proprietors will also be sensitized on Thursday, September 18, 2014 also at the NUT Pavilion, Ikeja.

The Commissioner stated that at each of the sensitization meeting, notable environmental and personal hygiene measures such as the training and sensitization of students, vendors, teachers and non academic staff on the Virus and how to avoid it would be re-emphasized for compliance.

She stated further that, “we shall also tell them to identify an Ebola Virus Disease Focal Officer in each of the school who will be responsible for surveillance and health monitoring as well as the provision of adequate environmental sanitation, including clean toilets and premises in their school.”

According to her, the sensitization meeting will also dwell on the provision of running water and soap and the encouragement of frequent hand washing among students and pupils and the arrangement of prompt referral of any sick person to the nearest health institution for treatment.

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