Covid-19: Nigeria begins fumigation of schools ahead of resumption, records 575 new cases
London, July 7, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Nigerian government will today, July 7, 2020 begin mass decontamination and fumigation of schools against the spread of COVID-19 in preparation for the resumption of class activities
The Minister of Environment, Muhammad Mahmood, disclosed this in Abuja, Nigeria’s seat of power at the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.
The fumigation of schools comes as Nigeria’s Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba announced that the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) will hold from August 4 to September 5 across the country
Speaking on why the fumigation process was delayed, the environment minister said it was intentional, as the plan was to ensure that the chemicals were effective enough when the schools resume.
“The delay is because it is better to disinfect and decontaminate within a short period of time, so that the kids will be going back into these classes when they have been freshly decontaminated.
“This is because the chemicals we use are chemicals that are not long lasting; they have short contact time to do their job. So, we will be getting this done before Monday when they (school children) will be back to use these classes,” he said.
“So, it is between tomorrow (Tuesday) and the rest of the week. We have enough teams and people that we will be engaged to get that done.
“Be rest assured that your kids will be returning to a safe environment when they resume,” he said.
He assured parents that the schools would be safe for learning activities.
Mahmood stressed that the decontamination exercise would be done across the country
Meanwhile, Nigeria has announced 575 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of persons who have tested positive in the country to 29,286.
575 new cases of COVID19Nigeria;— NCDC (@NCDCgov) July 6, 2020
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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced this on Monday night through its official Twitter handle.
According to the tweet, the 575 new cases were from 20 states. Lagos reported the highest number of cases with 123 new cases while Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory, FCT was second with 100.
The NCDC also said that till date, 29,286 cases had been confirmed, 11,828 cases treated and discharged, while 654 deaths have been recorded so far.