Ebola: Lagos directs schools to resume September 22


The Lagos State Government has directed all schools to resume on September 22 in compliance with the Federal Government’s directive.

The government said in a release issued by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Information, Mr. Lateef Raji, in Ikeja on Friday that it thought an upward shift of the date was no longer necessary.

It said Ebola Virus Disease, for which the resumption was initially postponed had been significantly contained as there was no carrier in the state at the moment.

It added that the last individual suspected to have been exposed to the virus was expected to be discharged from observation on September 18 if the person tested negative.

The government said members of the public would be notified if there was any need whatsoever to review the resumption date.

“Considering the current report, it is clear that the risk of infection with the EVD in the state has been significantly reduced.

“Health professionals working on the outbreak are also in agreement that there was no reason why schools should be closed beyond September 22.

“In spite of the foregoing, the state government has now developed and will deploy all resources necessary to sustain the capacity to promptly take into custody any person suspected to be infected with EVD,” it added.

The statement said government was putting in place measures to ensure the threat of the virus was eliminated in schools.

It listed some of the measures to include training of teachers and school owners on how to be safe from the virus, health monitoring and surveillance and provision of sanitary facilities in schools.

The release urged residents to be vigilant and report suspected cases and thanked health workers who had worked laboriously to help put a lid on the virus.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Thursday commended the Lagos State Government and Governor Babatunde Fashola in the containment of the Ebola virus

Speaking during a courtesy call on the Governor at the State House, Ikeja, the WHO Country Director, Dr Rui Vana Gaz said he and his team had come to transmit the compliment and high recognition of the top hierarchy of the WHO to the State Government for the excellent leadership the Governor provided in containing the Ebola Virus Disease.