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Ebola: House of Reps to Review Sept 22 Schools’ Resumption Date



???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Yesterday, BN brought you the news that the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) is opposing the federal government’s decision to move schools’ resumption date from October 12th to September 22nd.

The House of Representatives agrees with NMA’s stance on the issue.

Deputy Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Victor Ogene announced yesterday that a postponement of the September 22 resumption date is likely, Punch reports.

Ogene noted that there was still uncertainty expressed among parents and guardians about letting their children resume as early as September.

He also emphasized that because the Ebola outbreak in the country is yet to be fully contained, it may be best to postpone primary and secondary schools’ resumption date.

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  1. Gistyinka Blog

    September 10, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    Hmmm will wait for the outcome of this review from the house of rep committee.

  2. liz

    September 10, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Thank you! Now you are talking!

  3. Lois

    September 10, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Prevention they say is better than cure,they should let those children stay at home for now

  4. me

    September 10, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    Ok as sensitive as this subject is I really don’t see why they shouldn’t go back to school. Truth is as far as there is a single case of Ebola in the world,we are all at risk! Let’s say we have a zero case profile in Oct and the kids go back to school and one week later a new case is reported let’s assume in Calabar – some Nigerian who travelled abroad and contracted the virus ,so what, we’ll close down the schools in the whole country again? And if the western world doesn’t find a cure or vaccine in 2 years (since that’s all we are all waiting for,while our experts in the field sit and anticipate the worst) what happens? We keep the children home for 2yrs?
    Why do we always sit and allow everything happen to us and make nothing happen. Shouldn’t we be more concerned with what’s on ground for the safety of the kids. Shouldn’t we be insisting the schools have all that is needed to ensure their safety? How about suggestions like “routine temperature checks 3x while they are in school. enforcement of hand washing policy, a shorter period being spent in school (say 8-12) that way they don’t have to play in school. The list of suggestions goes on…rather than saying no learning should happen because 2 states out of 36 have had cases of Ebola. it sure goes to show how much value we place on education. And we dare to ask why our kids can’t pass WAEC! Smh… I rest my case.

    • NIRA

      September 10, 2014 at 2:23 pm

      Thank you for your very objective reasoning. This is the exact thing I said yesterday on this blog.

  5. Olumide

    September 10, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    As much as I understand the fear people have that these kids could get affected if they are in school, the truth is that they can get affected anywhere…even at home, while going to get something from the mallam, or the woman that sells bread down the street.

    As the person above me said..”why do we always sit and allow everything happen to us and never make anything happen?” I am sure their are better ways to go about this than to just keep these kids at home till October. What will change in October? Let’s just face it now. I think September 22nd is a good date, since the spread of the disease has been well contained by the Government so far. Are You A One Minute Man?

  6. Empro222

    September 10, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    This was a bad idea from the government,infact i dnt know what they are all doing on the sit rather than sharing of money in house,because all of our leaders are not concerned about the nation welfare while they only care for themselves imagine all the primary school and secondary school should waited on a long forceful vacation which create another problem to some children life…..God should interfare cause this is getting worse than endurance from the government

  7. Julit

    September 10, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Na word of faith primary school dey this pic o! Hahahah

  8. poison ivy

    September 10, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    @Olamide, the kid buying bread from a Mallam down the street situation is exactly what we are trying to avoid because that same bread kid will come to school and spread it to a wide range of people……Ebola is communicable of course it will spread,the issue at hand is How Best To Control/Limit The Spread. P.S- If you think your kid’s education will suffer then home school him/her….Simple!!

  9. me

    September 10, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    @ poison Ivy no disrespect meant but too bad not all of us can afford home schooling plus not all the resources needed for proper instruction at all levels can be made available at home,but of course not everyone can understand that. Besides if the child who buys bread from malam who in the first place has to be as sick as hell nd probably unable to stand on his feet to sell bread by the time he can be infectious washes his hands b4 he leaves home, as soon as he gets to school nd b4 he eats his meal and goes out for break to play. I doubt he can infect your precious child. And if by any chance that child was infected, the temperature scanner will pick a rise in temp withing a few days and that may even be a reason for early detection. Ever wondered why we haven’t recorded a single child case yet even while married couples have been both infected in some cases? We don’t hv to cripple the whole system if the right measures are in place. Pls convince me why making no effort is a solution and why we should be teaching our children that it is ok to lock themselves up when there’s a problem and wait for others to fix everything. Must life always happen to us?

  10. Ruby

    September 10, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    @ me. I think it is extremely wise for the government to postpone the resumption date tentatively to October 13 for various reasons.
    1. That should be enough time (max of 21 days) for those in quarantine/ surveillance in PH to be declared clear. As long as the government still keeps track of potential outbreaks that should be rare if everybody obeys.

    2. As you must know, the incubation period from the virus is 2-21 days. Meaning a person can be infected and spread the disease even without fever and other tell tale symptoms. So checking temperatures 3x a day will not be effective in prevention.

    3, kids are not as cognizant of hygiene like most adults are. They hug each other, may not wash their hands after no 1 or 2, pick their noses…….you get my point. It would be an epidemic if it is spread by the children.

    • india

      September 11, 2014 at 8:16 am

      @ruby your statement of people being able to transmit the disease without showing symptoms is untrue. Everything I have read says Ebola patients are NOT contagious until they are symptomatic.

  11. me

    September 10, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    @ Ruby thanks for your comment. So if PH is all we are worried about why don’t we insist on having just Port Harcourt stay home till the proposed date.
    And for people being infectious before they manifest symptoms ( even a fever!) please can you educate me on that or possibly give some reference to where that is stated cos I don’t know that is a fact. Thanks

  12. me

    September 10, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    On a final note I think the Govt took into consideration that any contact of the PH doctor would have complete the 21 days incubation period by the 15th or earlier counting from d time of death. Isn’t t it rather better to act on positive assumptions that on negative ones after all all those who had primary contact nd infected were identified early enuf e.g his wife sister and others. Good luck to us all. Let the govt decide.

  13. Bola

    September 10, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    Before any school resumption, govt should make sure that all schools have proper sanitation system. I don’t know what the laws are as it pertains to water, sanitation and hygiene standards for schools in Nigeria. How many of us had adequate access to water, soap and clean toilets while we were in school. How prepared are the schools in providing good sanitation system for their students.
    I think that should be our focus. What punishments are there for schools who are lacking good sanitation system? Who are in charge of inspecting all these schools. Every schools should have a nurse on staff in case a student comes to school with fever or other ailments.

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