NCDC , Nigerian Center for Disease Control, has explained why the Federal Government of Nigeria has been reluctant to reopen schools in the country.
NAIJA NEWS NG reports that the Head of Risk Communication Nigerian Center for Disease Control, Yahya Disu, has explained that the poor public perception and compliance of the COVID-19 pandemic is the reason schools can’t be reopened.
He said this while speaking at hosted by webinar by Plan International Nigeria’s Country Director, Hussaini Abdu, with support from the European Union, EU, over the weekend.
Disu said schools must remain locked because the children will further spread the virus. He said children will contract the virus more because of their inability to comply with the protocols.
Disu 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 majority of our pupils go to school in vehicles and the transport sector is known to have a poor record of compliance.” The NCDC head said .
Below are the figures of COVID-19 new cases for June 28 released by the agency :
490 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria; Lagos-118 Delta-84 Ebonyi-68 FCT-56 Plateau-39 Edo-29 Katsina-21 Imo-13 Ondo-12 Adamawa-11 Osun-8 Ogun-8 Rivers-6 Kano-5 Enugu-3 Bauchi-3 Akwa Ibom-3 Kogi-1 Oyo-1 Bayelsa-1 24,567 confirmed 9,007 discharged 565 deaths.
You would recall that the Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba had said majority of parents were against the reopening of schools.