COVID-19: Reopening Schools Not Safe For Pupils, Citizens — Oyo NMA

It is not yet safe to reopen schools in Oyo state, the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA has revealed.

NMA, in a press statement on Thursday, commended the efforts of the Seyi Makinde led COVID-19 taskforce in Oyo State for its efforts to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 in the state.

However, inthe statement, which was jointly signed by the NMA chairman, Dr. Akin Sodipo and Secretary, Dr. Okuwaseun Adebayo, the association described the announcement by the state government that final year primary and secondary school students should resume on the 29th of June as a surprising one.

According to them, “the NMA, being a critical stakeholder in the war against the pandemic has been following closely the progression of the disease and its attendant morbidities and modalities within the state and the country at large and can conveniently say from statistics at hand that these decisions, although with good intentions, may not be a safe one for the school pupils and indeed the citizens of the state at large at this time that the disease appears to be on the increase.”

They then appealed to Governor Seyi Makinde to reconsider his decision to reopened schools and religious centers for the time being.

Adebayo Abdulrahman/Adewumi Faniran

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