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COVID-19: NCDC directs schools to conduct weekly risk assessments


Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has directed states to conduct risk assessment on a weekly basis in order to curb the spread of COVID-19 among pupils.

The Director-General of the NCDC, Dr Chike Ihekweazu, made the announcement during a media briefing by the Presidential Task Force, PTF, on COVID-19 in Abuja on Monday.

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According to him, the risk assessment should be conducted weekly by schools, monthly by local government areas and quarterly by states.

He explained that the agency and the Federal Ministry of Education had developed a guideline to support states and schools in preparing for safe reopening.

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He said: “Schools should provide learners with a ‘medical status’ form to be completed by all parents and kept in confidence by the school head.

“Schools should ensure that a triage point is identified and well-marked at the entrance where everyone gaining access to the school is screened for high temperature, requested to wear masks and perform hand hygiene.

“Schools should ensure that classrooms are well ventilated with a minimum of one-metre sitting arrangement.”

The DG emphasised that all staff, visitors and students above six years must wear face masks at all times.

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He added that teachers had the discretion to define circumstances when the wearing of a face mask is not appropriate for children, particularly, those with special needs.

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The agency equally recommended access to running water, soap and hand washing facilities.

The agency also advised that staff at sickbays should be trained and provided with required personal protection equipment.

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