Resumption of schools is ill-advised – NMA

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It is no longer new that the South West Governors and the Federal Government recently had a virtual meeting where they concluded that students who are in exit classes should be allowed to resume on August 4 in order to allow them write their final examinations particularly WAEC which is slated to commence on August 17.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Medical Association has berated the level of preparedness of the Federal Government for ordering the schools to reopen for studies amid the surge in COVID-19 cases.

The NMA says the recent study has shown that schoolsโ€™ closure had been linked to reduced COVID-19 infections and associated deaths in hard hit countries.

The NMA expressed worries over the recent decision of Federal Government to reopen the schools for the exit classes on August 4.

The NMA President, Prof. Innocent Ujah, said, โ€œWhat is the level of compliance of the citizens in terms of regular hand-washing and other safety protocols?

โ€œAt the moment, many of the schools donโ€™t even have water. Obviously, it becomes very difficult to say that schools should reopen because you have to wash your hands regularly.

โ€œAgain, I donโ€™t know how the teachers would be teaching with face masks and all the pupils will wear face masks.

โ€œIf you are not used to face masks, you may not breathe well, particularly if the one you have is not standard,โ€ Ujah said.

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