Cholera outbreak: Not all schools may resume after break – Govt

Not all primary and secondary schools may resume after the current mid-term and Sallah break due to a cholera outbreak in some parts of Lagos state.

The Commissioner for Primary and Basic Education, Jamiu Alli-Balogun in an interview with Vanguard on Tuesday, stated that the Ministry of Education would wait for an advisory from the Ministry of Health to determine the next steps.

“Our schools are fully prepared for resumption. The necessary steps have been taken, and we are on top of the situation.

However, we are going to wait for the needed advisory from the Ministry of Health, which is mapping out the areas affected by the outbreak of the disease,” he said.

“We hope to get the advisory later today. If the Ministry of Health’s assessment reveals some endemic areas where it would not be appropriate for schools to resume, then schools in those areas will remain closed. We cannot endanger the lives of our children.

“Later today (Tuesday), we will announce the government’s position on the issue. If schools across the state are deemed safe to resume, there will be no problem. The state government is not resting on its oars and has been taking steps to curb the outbreak of the disease,” he added.

Alli-Balogun emphasized that the administration of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has been investing heavily in education and would not allow anything to undermine these efforts.

Students in public and private schools in the state have been on break for one and a half weeks, with the first week for the mid-term break and the first two days of this week as public holidays for the Sallah festivities.

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Recently, the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) raised concerns that the government should ensure the current cholera outbreak does not spread to school environments.

Residents of Lagos Island, a densely populated area, have particularly been complaining about the lack of potable water for personal and household use.

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