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Ekiti Govt. Shuts School, Dedicates General Hospital for Lassa Cases

The Ekiti State Government has ordered the immediate closure of Home of God Nursery and Primary School, Aremu area of Ado-Ekiti, for operating without valid approval.

The Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr Foluso Daramola who gave the order during an unscheduled visit to the private school, decried the dilapidated structure and untidy environment of the school.

He announced that the state government had earlier closed down three other private schools in the state this month for noncompliance with rules regulating the establishment of private schools.

Mr Daramola stated that government had set up a task force that would monitor the operations and activities of all private schools in the state in conformity with international best practices.

The Commissioner said that government would henceforth prosecute proprietors of schools found culpable.

He advised parents and guardians in the state to ensure that they enrolled their children and wards in schools with clean, conducive and decent environment for proper learning.

Meanwhile, Ekiti State Government has dedicated Oba Adejuyigbe General Hospital, Ado Ekiti as quarantine centre for victims of Lassa fever in Ekiti state.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr Mojisola Yaya- Kolade, who announced this in Ado Ekiti, however said there had not been any reported case of Lassa fever in the state.

She stressed that the state government was only taking precautionary steps.

Speaking on the state’ s preparedness to prevent or combat Lassa fever, Dr Yaya- Kolade said all public primary, secondary and tertiary health facilities across the state had been sensitised and adequately prepared for the Lassa fever.

According to the commissioner, some of the facilities are specialist hospitals, Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti and Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido Ekiti.

Dr Yaya- Kolade urged residents to engage in consistent and regular hand -washing, cover their food stuff , especially garri properly and refrain from bush burning.

Amos Ogunrinde

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