By Olawale Asake

Oyo State Government has rolled out measures to prevent cholera outbreak in public basic schools across the State.

The government has also advised Head Teachers to ensure that food handlers follow strict hygiene practices to prevent contamination.

The Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, Dr. Nureni Adeniran handed down the instruction in a statement in Ibadan.

He said, the state government, through the Board, is on top of its game to ensure public basic schools are taking steps to ensure the health and safety of its Pupils.

Dr. Adeniran equally urged parents, guardians, and school authorities to adhere to safety guidelines.

Dr. Adeniran said the Board would work with Education Secretaries, Head Teachers and other stakeholders to ensure strict compliance.

The importance of hand washing cannot be overemphasized, recommending that children carry hand sanitizers and frequently wash their hands with soap and water, especially before meals and after using the restroom.

Dr. Adeniran also recommended that Schools keep Oral Rehydration Salts, ORS, available in school clinics to manage dehydration cases promptly and to notify the State emergency hotline, 615, immediately in case of any health emergencies or suspected cholera cases.

The SUBEB chairman said, preventive measures including comprehensive health talks on cholera prevention among learners and staff, and safe drinking water practices will be conducted regularly.

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