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Ebola: Rivers Government to Shut Down Schools Without Pipe-borne Water




Port Harcourt (NAN) – The Rivers Government on Monday warned that it would shut down any primary or secondary school without pipe borne water.

Alice Nemi, the State Commissioner for Education, gave the warning in Port Harcourt during a sensitization workshop for teachers in the state on Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the workshop was jointly organised by the state ministries of education and health for teachers in public and private schools.

The commissioner said that potable water would ensure that the teachers, pupils and students washed their hands regularly with soap.

Nemi, however, did not say when inspection of the schools would start to know schools without the facility.

NAN reports that regular hand washing and avoidance of body contact are essential to prevent the spread of Ebola virus.

Dora Era, a member of Ebola Emergency Response Committee (EERC) in Rivers, said that the Infra Red Thermometer was being used to check temperature of persons entering the state.

She said that many victims of Ebola virus were health workers and that many Liberians died because health workers did not handle the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) properly.

The proper ways to wash hands and use the PPE were demonstrated to participants.

A participant, who spoke to NAN on condition of anonymity, said that although the workshop was not properly organized, teachers had known the basic things in any outbreak in school environment.

The participant said that he was now better informed than ever about Ebola.

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  1. dr d

    September 16, 2014 at 2:06 am

    Hypocrites! There is no running water in d ministry of health building in rivers state.

  2. NIRA

    September 16, 2014 at 9:51 am

    That means all public schools will be closed cos I doubt if there’s any that has water supply. How many of the Rumus in Rivers state has public water supply?? Unfortunately, they’ll start with the private schools.

  3. nwachukwu favour

    September 17, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    please fellow nigerians, lets jion hands and fight this monster in our country by adhering to instructions. also how do we handle baby class pupil

  4. nwachukwu favour ugochi wealth

    September 17, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    lets do it together and stop the spread. lets kick ebola out of niger by see something, say something.

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