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Ebola: Delaying schools’ resumption is irrational – Minister

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The Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, on
Wednesday said that delaying schools resumption till
December or early next year based on Ebola Virus Disease is
irrational.
He made the remarks while briefing State House
correspondents at the end of the Federal Executive Council
(FEC) meeting presided over by President Goodluck
Jonathan.
According to him, the decision to bring forward the
resumption date to 22nd of this month is based on expert
advice.
While insisting that it is safe for the students to resume, the
minister said there is presently no patient under treatment
anywhere in the country and that there is no community
transmission of the disease in Nigeria like other countries.
Stressing that Nigeria is making good progress against the
disease, he assured that Nigeria will continue to maintain
vigilance at the entry points to make sure no fresh case
comes into the country.
On schools’ resumption, he said: “The Minister of Education
after meeting with the commissioners for education from
the 36 states and FCT decided when public schools should
open which they told us is September 22. In taking that
decision, they used information that was given by the federal
Ministry of Health to the fact there is actually no reason now
with the expert information we have at hand why schools
cannot resume earlier than the original date of October 13.
“I think people should just allow us to do the work we have
been doing very professionally. It was based on advice given
by the Ministry of Health that the Minister of Education took
the original decision that it was going to be in October and
nobody quarreled with the minister. Now the minister, based
on expert advice, has come back to say well, for us, if you
are asking us to resume earlier than October 13, we don’t
have any reason to stop that.”

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