COVID-19: Reopening Schools Will Further Spread Disease – NCDC

Coronavirus: Nigeria Closes All Schools As Number Of Cases Grows

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has said that the reopening of schools will further spread the COVID-19 infection amongst students.

NCDC’s Head of Risk Communication, Yahya Disu said poor public perception and compliance to health protocol on COVID-19 prevention was responsible for the government’s refusal to reopen schools.

Disu spoke during a webinar hosted by Plan International Nigeria’s Country Director, Hussaini Abdu, with support from the European Union, UN, over the weekend.

He maintained that reopening of schools will further spread the virus, hence they must remain locked.

Disu explained that children were at risk of contracting the virus due to their inability to comply with the protocols.

He said: “The risk perception by the public is still very low and it’s because our population structure consists mostly of youth who may have the disease and not have symptoms.

“Reopening schools will further spread the disease. If there is a good level of compliance, then we could consider school reopening.

“School children are likely not going to comply and it could spread the disease among them as the majority of our pupils go to school in vehicles and the transport sector is known to have a poor record of compliance.”

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