Coronavirus outbreak in Lagos, precautionary measures

Lagos State government has once again urged all schools in Lagos State to take precautionary measures against the outbreak of Coronavirus.

This was the advice given by the Director General, Lagos State Office of Education Quality Assurance (OEQA), Mrs. Abiola Seriki-Ayeni, in a press statement where she re-emphasised the importance of hygiene in schools and homes in the state as a preventative measure against the outbreak of Coronavirus.

The Office of Education Quality Assurance is responsible for ensuring and upholding standards in schools below tertiary level within the state and has made the health and safety of students a priority.

Although adequate safety measures have been put in place by the Lagos state government, the commissioner for health in state Professor Akin Aboyemi stated that the coronavirus causes upper respiratory infection with flu-like symptoms such as stuffy nose, cough and sore throat. The virus could be transmitted through coughing and sneezing and the touching of contaminated handles and surfaces.

Heads of schools and administrators are advised to implement the following measures:  Promote a thorough hand washing culture that includes running water and soap; Install hand wash stands at strategic and accessible areas within the school premises for staff and students.

School leaders, students and families are advised to maintain a high level of personal and environmental hygiene to safeguard pupils.

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