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Nigerian schools and Ebola, do you agree with September Resumption Date?
I got a mail this morning from one of my kids School here in Abuja and I totally agree with their decision, here is the mail:

....... School will like to remind you that the opening date for school is still on OCTOBER 13, 2014. Parents and Guardians can come to the school from Friday 12, 2014 to pick up home work for their children from 9am to 2pm as part of their continous assessment. Thank you.
When I saw this mail, I started thinking about other Schools. Are Schools really going to resume on September 22? Really? The people in Government, do they have kids in Nigerian Schools? Do they have friends and relatives working in Schools?

Thinking about boarding Schools, students travel from all over the country, all towns, cities and villages to resume.

Well, I'm just thinking aloud.
Below is a mail from a concerned Nigerian Mother Efe Farinre:

   Read and tell us what you think about September Resumption Date...
I just received a mail confirming that schools will re-open on Monday 22nd September, 2014. After reading it, I felt compelled to put on paper my thoughts since the announcement of same by the Federal Government. One thing that struck me is that I am yet to receive information about confirmed (not advised/suggested) nationwide measures that have been put in place to ensure the safety of our children from the Ebola virus upon resumption at school in two weeks." Continue...
 The reason for moving the resumption date forward by three weeks was given as “containment of the Ebola virus in Nigeria”. How does that statement stand in view of the present situation in Port Harcourt?

I returned to Lagos from a week’s trip to Abuja on Friday 5th September, 2014. The first issue I had,which I mentioned to an airport official was that just before boarding the planes (in Lagos and Abuja), passengers (adults and children) are given a rub-down. The officials checking our bodies were wearing gloves. However, the same gloves were worn while touching a good number of people.
 The officials were protected, but how about the passengers being touched with the gloves that had been used to touch many others? On arrival at the Abuja airport, the temperature of every passenger was taken before entry was granted into the Federal Capital Territory. Of concern is that on departure from Abuja, this was not the case. Worse still, Lagos State that had the index case of Ebola welcomed us without any precautionary measures of any kind. We simply picked up our bags and walked into the city. With instances where infected people have traveled from one state to another, we should be worried.

It is understandable that we want our children educated, but we need to be reminded that we can only educate the healthy and living. Ebola virus in Nigeria is an unprecedented occurrence that has to be handled as such. “Better safe than sorry” should be the motto here. So far, we have been blessed in the manner that no child has contacted the disease. Children play indiscriminately with one another.
 A child of what age can be guaranteed to identify the symptoms of the Ebola and keep away from it? How many times do we have to remind our children not to put their hands in their mouths and cover their mouths when they yawn, cough or sneeze? How do we tell them not to play with their friends as they are used to or not to show concern if one of them gets hurt and is bleeding? How can we really be sure that our 3 to 16 year olds would be safe from Ebola in a place where we cannot control who they come in contact with; a place where they share toilets, eat and play with others. How about our babies at crèche who we can’t even attempt to explain this to and who cannot verbalize their day at “school”?

I am the typical “Nigerian Mum”….ensuring my kids are on top of their school work, home work and leisure activities. At this time, I must pause and realize that prevention is the only option here as there is no cure! If the children have to stay home a little longer while this epidemic is eradicated or contained NATIONWIDE then so be it. If this implies a shorter Christmas break this year or just four weeks of Summer break next year to make up for the lost education time, so be it.

 One thing I am sure no parent wants to deal with is the anxiety if a child comes home with a fever. We
all know that at school, children love to share all things with one another from the water in their bottles to the flu. Then again, which parents want to have to take their child to the hospital these days?

If the doctor in Port Harcourt could go to work for some days after being infected with Ebola then we should be more concerned. This was an educated person, in fact someone who knew the consequences of his actions more than most, but he still put others at risk. Worst of all, these were colleagues and patients who could not tell from his demeanor that he was sick. They trusted him and could never have imagined that he would expose them to a deadly virus.

To our leaders, I ask what control measures against Ebola have been put in place in ALL schools, particularly the government and state schools? I visited a private school in Abuja and before we could go in, our temperatures where taken. We should remember that even if private schools are well catered for, the children of our drivers, domestic helps and “junior staff” attend public schools.

How many infrared thermometers have been distributed across these schools in Nigeria? Who would be responsible for taking the temperature of EVERYONE going into ALL schools? Since a symptom of Ebola is sudden fever, how often would the temperatures of students need to be taken in the course of the day? What Ebola emergency responses have been set up by location of ALL schools in Nigeria? What awareness has been carried out in the villages and remote areas of the country, where we have schools too? How will adherence to control measures (if and when they are in place) against Ebola in Nigerian schools be monitored, by whom and how frequently? What steep penalties have been put in place for schools that default?

As a parent I want to see action and not hear words! In a country where a nurse can flee quarantine and a primary contact with the index case can evade detection, with both of them traveling across state lines, I demand action from government before our children are asked to return to school. It’s not enough to ask “Ministries of Education in the 36 states of Nigeria to appoint desk officers on Ebola before resumption or that they should ensure that at least two staff in each school (public and private) are trained by appropriate health workers on how to handle any suspected case of Ebola, should in case there’s one or workers should embark on immediate sensitization of teaching and non-teaching staff in schools on preventive measures”, ALL STATE MINISTRIES OF EDUCATION and SCHOOLS (PUBLIC & PRIVATE) MUST be MANDATED and SUFFICENTLY EQUIPPED with ALL RESOURCES to ensure Ebola virus does not hit our children.

In Nigeria, it’s just schools that are closed. In some other African countries, communities are closed-in.

Now is the time to speak up, so that never happens to us. In my opinion, there are still too many unanswered questions and too many checks to be put in place before schools can resume. Parents, let’s preserve our lineage. Government, let’s preserve the future of Nigeria. Together, let’s preserve the lives of ALL Nigerian children.

Isn't It Safer to keep the children at home for now?

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Comments

  1. PriscoBest9/11/2014

    I am in support of your ideas. Even me and my husband have concluded that our kids are not resuming now even if their school say so. They said that prevention is better than cure, talk more of Ebola that does not have cure. Thanks

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  2. Anonymous9/11/2014

    I went 2 d hospital with my baby. Ʊ won't believe that the nurses checking pples vital wore just one glove 2 check everyone. She was protected but others no. How much is handglove self? God help us in nigeria. Pls parent keep ur kids @ home 4 now.
    Vicky

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  3. or government are so callous,inhumam.they are less concerned about the welfare of the people.then what is the purpose for electing them?
    the government should be more responsible and ensure things are put in place before the children resumes.this innocent kids dont know precautions to take.so please dear government do the needful.do not take our children life to play.

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  4. Awesome mom9/11/2014

    The Nigerian Government needs to address this matter again. So Lagos and PH schools are resuming too or not?
    And to greedy private school owners, please stop being selfish and putting undue pressure on Government. You are not more concerned about kids education than their parents.

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  5. Anonymous9/11/2014

    My neighbour's kids travelled to the US immediately after the october resumption date was announced. Now it's september again. confused Government.

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  6. Anonymous9/11/2014

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  9. Its obvious that the government doesn't care about anyone so do whats necessary to protect yourself and your loved ones. Missing 3 weeks or more of school will not kill any child. I'd rather wait it out than be sorry later.

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  10. Anonymous9/13/2014

    Good morning everyone. My sister is getting married soon but am not happy. My sister met a young man and they started a relationship. Introduction was fixed and a wedding date. The church demanded 4 HIV test and the man tested positive. My sister is negative. We all now kicked against the wedding. But she insisted. That nothing is going 2 change her mind she must marry this guy. We all tot maybe she has been exposed 2 d virus that's why she wants 2 marry the guy. 4mths after she took another test still negative. 2mths after that still negative. But my sister still insists on marrying him. I know HIV is not a death sentence there are others worse than this.(Able) but am wondering why my sister wants to go thru all of the pains and tears this will bring. Her wedding is in 2weeks time. And preparation is going on. But its more like a funeral than a celebration. Now my question is. Is it wrong 2 be this sad and not in support of this wedding even though I can't do anything?
    He contracted this disease b4 meeting my sis. Thru an ex or flings.

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  12. Anonymous9/13/2014

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  15. Anonymous9/13/2014

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  16. Repent local fraudster, you can only get greedy people like you.

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  17. Anon 5:13 am, I'm tempted to say that your sister is an adult and knows what is good for her but she is still your sister, still thinking of what to say to you cos honestly I don't know.
    Your comment has been copied and published as a blog post.

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