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Lassa fever: Ebonyi govt reopens schools

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Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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Public and private schools in Ebonyi state shut down last week to checkmate the spread of Lassa fever outbreak in the state have reopened on Monday.

The state’s commissioner for education, John Eke, on Monday in Abakaliki, said the schools were reopened as no new case of the disease was reported  since January 18.

The state government announced the closure of the schools for seven days, beginning from January 18, but rescinded its decision due to the timely check of the disease.

The commissioner commiserated with the families that lost their loved ones to the killer disease and urged all residents to always keep their environment clean.

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“The measure taken by government prevented the disease from spreading into schools, and I am happy that we did not lose any of our pupil or student to the disease.
“The government and people of Ebonyi sympathise and condole with families that lost their loved ones to the disease.

“We, however, call on the public to maintain good personal hygiene to stay safe.

“We also appeal to our teachers and school administrators to redouble their efforts so as to cover the second term academic calendar,” Mr Eke, professor said.

Fresh Lassa fever outbreak had claimed four lives, including two medical doctors ,while no fewer than 100 persons are currently hospitalised.

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