Edo State Government on Monday embarked on monitoring of schools across the state to ensure strict compliance with the government’s protocols to guard against the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) as educational institutions in the state resumed for academic activities.
The government team including members of Edo State COVID- 19 Response, security agencies, Red Cross Society of Nigeria and officials of National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), among others visited various schools across Benin Metropolis to monitor compliance with the government’s directive.
Some schools visited include Imaguero Junior Secondary School; Oredo Girls Junior and Senior Secondary School and Igbinedion Montessori Nursery and Primary schools, amongst others.
At the various schools visited, the leader of the COVID-19 team and Health Educator for Edo Healthcare Development Agency, Mrs. Irene Uabor and the risk communication officer for NCDC, Mr. Simon Idoko interacted with the principals and students, tutoring them on the proper way to wash their hands and wear facemask.
Uabor noted: “Today being the first day of resumption for schools in Edo State, we had to go round to monitor compliance with the directive from the government and the observance of Covid-19 protocols. We are impressed with the outcome as schools visited adhered strictly to the directives with the students wearing facemasks and buckets of water for hand washing seen at the entrance of the schools.”
Idoko expressed satisfaction with the exercise, adding: “We are satisfied with what we saw on ground. There are also few lapses which we brought to the attention of the principal of such schools to ensure they are corrected.”
The Principal of Montessori Nursery and Primary School, Sir Henry Ohiokhuaboh, commended the Edo State Government for the exercise as it will ensure schools observe the guidelines to halt the spread of the deadly virus.