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COVID-19: Delta Scales Up Measures For School Resumption, Distributes PPEs



Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, Delta State

By Magnus Emuji

In adherence to the Federal Government guidelines on COVID-19 protocols, especially for school reopening, the Delta State Government has put adequate preparatory measures for the resumption of 29,525 students sitting for the West African School Certificate Examination (WASSC) in the state.

The Delta State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Chief Patrick Ukah, stated this in Asaba yesterday while briefing journalists.

Chief Ukah, who said that a maximum of 20 students would sit in each class in tandem with the COVID-19 physical distancing guidelines, highlighted the critical measures put in place.

According to Chief Ukah, some of the measures include the fumigation of schools in the state by the Ministry of Environment, provision of infrared thermometers, soap and hand sanitizers, adding that hand towels and face masks would be distributed to each student and teacher in the state.

He further said that water storage tanks had been made available in schools for the supply of water and that sickbays had equally been provided where health officials would use for handling the treatment of any ailments.

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The commissioner emphasized that whenever there was any signs of COVID-19 ailment in any class, all the students in the class would be quarantined for immediate attention.

Chief Ukah particularly noted that teachers and students would undergo temperature check on a daily basis, adding that one student and a teacher would serve as minders.

He commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, for his continued support to the ministry, especially towards ensuring that all the requirements for COVID-19 protocols were provided in the schools,

The basic and secondary education commissioner said that a 5-man committee comprising officials of his ministry and that of Ministry of Health had been put in place to monitor activities in the schools.

He recalled that a total of 5,697 teachers in both public and private schools were trained recently by the State Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education on COVID-19 protocols, saying that other teachers had been trained by them on curtailing measures of COVID-19 protocols in the schools.


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