Nigerian govt gives update on reopening of schools

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The Nigerian Center for Disease Control, NCDC, has given an update on why the Federal Government is reluctant to reopen schools in the country.

Schools were shut by the Federal Government as a measure of curbing the spread of COVID-19.

Yahya Disu, the NCDC Head of Risk Communication, stated that reopening schools will be a risk because kids can’t comply with COVID-19 guidelines.

Disu disclosed this during a webinar organized by Plan International Nigeria’s Country Director, Hussaini Abdu.

He 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.”

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