Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, on Wednesday said that delaying schools resumption till December or early next year based on Ebola does not make sense
According to him, the decision to bring forward the resumption date to 22nd of this month is based on expert advice.
He made the remarks while briefing State House correspondents at the end of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday in Abuja.
While insisting that it is safe for the students to resume, the minister said there is presently no patient under treatment anywhere in the country and that there is no community transmission of the disease in Nigeria like other countries.
Stressing that Nigeria is making good progress against the disease, he assured that Nigeria will continue to maintain vigilance at the entry points to make sure no fresh case comes into the country.
On schools’ resumption, he said: “The Minister of Education after meeting with the commissioners for education from the 36 states and FCT decided when public schools should open which they told us is September 22. In taking that decision, they used information that was given by the federal Ministry of Health to the fact there is actually no reason now with the expert information we have at hand why schools cannot resume earlier than the original date of October 13.”
“I think people should just allow us to do the work we have been doing very professionally. It was based on advice given by the Ministry of Health that the Minister of Education took the original decision that it was going to be in October and nobody quarreled with the minister.” he said
” Now the minister, based on expert advice, has come back to say well, for us, if you are asking us to resume earlier than October 13, we don’t have any reason to stop