In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 18th, September, 2020

FG Orders Colleges To Conduct Weekly COVID-19 Evaluation

FG Orders Schools To Conduct Weekly COVID-19 Assessment

Director Normal of the NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu

In line with The PUNCH, the Federal Authorities has launched extra tips that can stop the unfold of COVID-19 as extra states totally reopen faculties on Monday.

The Nigeria Centre for Illness Management, which disclosed this to The PUNCH on Thursday,  said that faculties had been directed to conduct COVID-19 danger evaluation each week.

The NCDC additionally disclosed that native governments and states have been directed to conduct month-to-month and quarterly COVID-19 danger evaluation in faculties respectively.

The NCDC  Director Normal, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu,  said these in an email correspondence despatched to one in all our correspondents in response to enquiries.

In line with the NCDC, the evaluation will decide faculties’ stage of compliance with security protocols together with bodily distancing, hand-washing and the usage of face masks, whose violation can put college students liable to COVID-19.

Additionally on Thursday, the Presidential Job Pressure on COVID-19 mentioned the Federal Authorities would seize passports of travellers who failed to hold out COVID-19 take a look at. It added that visas of overseas travellers could be cancelled.

Colleges throughout the nation have been shut in March as a part of measures to examine the unfold of COVID-19.

However the Senior Secondary Faculty three college students resumed on August 17 to write down the West African Senior Faculty Examinations.

At its press convention on September three, the PTF really helpful phased reopening of colleges.

Following the PTF’s advice, states which have introduced dates for reopening  of their faculties embody Ogun, Lagos, Osun, Ekiti, Delta and Kogi States. States, the place faculties are resuming on Monday, embody Lagos, Ekiti , Osun and Ogun.

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On Thursday, the  NCDC DG advised The PUNCH that a part of its accountability was to work with all related stakeholders to strengthen the nation’s capability for early detection and response to COVID-19 instances.

He said, “We’ve additionally continued to teach the general public on measures to cut back the danger of transmission of COVID-19.

“We all know that because the financial system and society re-open step by step, we could file a spike in COVID-19 instances. We’ve reviewed the state of affairs in different nations which have re-opened faculties in addition to steerage from WHO, UNICEF and different public well being authorities.

“There may be lesser danger of COVID-19 instances at school settings, if faculties rigorously coordinate, plan and put the required security measures in place earlier than reopening.

“We’re working intently with the Federal Ministry of Schooling, PTF-COVID-19, states and our companions to make sure that the required security measures are in place to mitigate the impression of the pandemic on our faculties.”

“The PTF-COVID-19 and Federal Ministry of Schooling have mandated faculties to conduct periodic (weekly) danger assessments. That is to overview the gaps which will exist in decreasing the danger of COVID-19 unfold in faculties, and tailor interventions to deal with these gaps. Native governments areas and states are to conduct month-to-month and quarterly danger evaluation respectively.”

“Along with this, faculties are to arrange faculty well being groups together with lecturers and learners that might facilitate implementation of the security protocols in faculties. LGAs and States have been suggested to arrange multi-sectoral faculty well being committees devoted to supporting and monitoring the implementation of security protocols within the faculty.”

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Talking additional on danger evaluation, the NCDC spokesman Emeka Oguanuo, mentioned it included, “the method of figuring out and analysing potential gaps, threats which will trigger a probability of COVID-19 unfold.

“Threat assessments in public well being are additionally executed to find out severity or diploma of an outbreak.  On this case, it’s executed to find out if faculty re-opening  is protected  and every time a bridge in security is noticed, it  may be addressed by related stakeholders.”

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