Ekiti Governor Orders Random Testing of Teachers, Students, Ahead of Resumption

Ekiti state Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has directed random testing of teachers and students to asses COVID-19 risk level in the state.

Already, teachers have resumed while SS3 students in Ekiti State will return to schools next Monday to enable them to prepare for the Senior Secondary Schools Certificate Examination organized by WAEC which begins on the 17th of this month.

Governor Fayemi in his broadcast to the people of the state noted that the ongoing random testing in council areas exposed more COVID-19 positive cases, hence such should be extended to schools.

He said that government had fumigated all the public schools and efforts were being intensified to clear the bushes to ensure clean and conducive environment for teaching and learning in the state.

Dr Fayemi explained that in addition, government had provided necessary facilities needed for the prevention of the virus in public schools while a team has also been raised to visit schools to ensure strict adherence to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC’s, COVID-19 established protocols and guidelines.

The governor emphasized that SS3 students would resume next Monday while dates for the resumption of other classes especially JSS3 would soon be announced.

On the issue of worship centres, Dr Fayemi said mosques would be reopened on Friday 14th of August and Christian denominations would return to their churches on Saturday for Adventists and Sunday for other churches.

He restated that both the Jumat and church services must be once in a week and not more than two hours as children below twelve years and elderly above sixty-five are exempted from such services.

The Ekiti State governor appealed to worshippers to ensure full compliance with COVID-19 safety measures especially wearing of face masks, maintenance of social distancing of six feet apart, availability of infrared thermometers, and provision of running water for hand washing as well as sanitisers.

Dr Fayemi also announced the suspension of all traditional festivals that demands large gatherings of devotees till further notice.

He promised that government would embark on another round of comprehensive distribution of palliatives to sizeable proportion of vulnerable across the sixteen council areas.

Ekiti State had so far recorded 152 positive cases of Coronavirus, with 67 patients treated and discharged, 83 active cases and two deaths.

Amos Ogunrinde

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