• Tuesday, March 05, 2024
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EDHA gives ultimatum on anti-Ebola facilities in schools


As 2014/2015 academic activities resumed in some states of the federation yesterday, Edo State House of Assembly committee on health has issued a seven-day ultimatum to the 18 Local Government Chairmen in the state to provide anti-Ebola protective facilities in all schools in their various councils.

The directive was sequel to a meeting held with all councils’ chairmen, health personnel and disease surveillance officers across the18 councils at the weekend. The lawmakers said it would at the expiration of the one week ultimatum embark on inspection tour to assess the level of compliance by the council authorities.

There are indications that majority of the councils have not put the necessary anti-Eobla protective facilities in place especially infra-thermometer and kits for health personnel.

Chairman of the committee, Oloruntoba Bamidele, lawmaker representing Akoko-Edo 11 said the provision of protective facilities are geared towards ensuring that the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) is contained across the state.

Bamidele urged the council executives to provide hand washing buckets, antiseptic soaps, hand sanitizers in all the public and private primary and secondary schools in their respective locality.

He also enjoined that the same facilities should be made available in all the councils and protective equipment for all health personnel.

Some of the council executives such as Ovia North East, Owan East and Esan South East among others inundated the committee on the efforts taken so far to contain the virus in the various Local Government Areas.

BusinessDay reports that some private schools visited shown that the authorities put the necessary protective facilities in place to contain the virus in the state.

Pupils, students and parents were screened by infra-thermometer at Redeemer Schools located along Adesuwa road while at Innoma group of schools, off Sapele road parents were prevented from entering the school except pupils and students who were thoroughly screened and made to wash their hands with sanitizer before allowing entrance into the school premises.