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Ebola Update: Nigerian Doctors Reject September 22 Schools' Resumption Date

The Nigerian Medical Association has faulted the government’s instruction for all schools to resume September 22

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Ogun state students will stay home longer than they imagined because of the Ebola Virus Disease play File Photo

Nigerian Doctors, under the aegis of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), have reportedly expressed displeasure at the new resumption date for primary and secondary schools announced by the Federal Government.

The government has said that students can now resume on September 22 as against October 12 after schools were shut indefinitely over the outbreak of Ebola in the country.

However, the NMA through its National Secretary-General, Dr. Olawunmi Alayaki,  has said that the schools are supposed to remain closed until there’s no case of Ebola (suspected or confirmed) left in the country.

The organization said:

 “We are not happy with this decision on the resumption of schools. Schools should be shut till the last suspected case or patient is certified free of the virus,” the NMA said.

 “ We can shift the resumption date till next year or in the next three months if that is the time it will take. Government should have enough time to follow the standard procedure for containing   the virus.

“Parents have no reason to be   in a hurry because if Ebola should enter any school, it will assume another dimension. Children cannot survive isolation like adults.

“Nigeria is peculiar because of her large population and we should be pragmatic and proactive. It   will not augur well for the country if we have another outbreak due to carelessness.”

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