School resumption: Ozigbo urges strict monitoring of pupils to avoid COVID-19 spread
The Peoples Democratic Party Governorship aspirant in Anambra State, Mr Valentine Ozigbo, has called for vigilance and strict monitoring of primary school pupils in the state to avoid the spread of COVID-19.
Ozigbo also commended the decision of the Anambra State Government to resume school in the state, saying COVID-19 will not disappear suddenly from the world, rather, the world should learn to live with it.
Ozigbo in a statement he signed and issued to DAILY POST in Awka, said, “Children are naturally adventurous and playful, hence, may let down their guard against the pandemic.
“This implies that the chances of infection and spread of the coronavirus may become higher.
“I therefore, call on relevant authorities to, in addition to putting in place the necessary protocols such as hand-washing and compulsory use of facemasks, to also ensure that the school management and the teachers are vigilant and closely monitoring the students to ensure they are complying with the safety protocols,” Ozigbo added.
He described the announcement by the government of Anambra State of the reopening of both public and private primary and secondary schools in the state for academic works on the 1st day of February 2021, as a welcome development.
He said “From unimpeachable scientific findings, it is clear that the Covid-19 pandemic will not disappear any time soon but rather it will linger for some time and while efforts are on to increase vaccine coverage across the globe, humans must learn to live with the virus.
“Scientific research has also shown that the spread of the disease can be curtailed if the protocols and the laid down safety measures are strictly followed. So government must task teachers to ensure that they abide by the laid down protocols that can help us beat the virus.”