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Tuesday, 9 September 2014
Ebola Watch: Doctors Voice Out Their Opposition On Federal Government Schools Resuming On September 22nd
The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) is opposing the federal government’s decision to move schools’ resumption date from October 12th to September 22nd.
You will recall that last month, the Federal Government had ordered that all primary and secondary schools in the country should resume in October, instead of the usual September resumption, due to the current Ebola outbreak in the country.
However, last week, the government made a new announcement, stating that schools should resume on 22nd September, due to the fact that “Nigeria has achieved about 90 percent success in the fight against the dreaded Ebola virus disease.”
The NMA is opposing the decision to restore the September 22nd date, because they believe that schools should stay shut until all those under surveillance for Ebola are certified Ebola-free.
“We are not happy with this decision on the resumption of schools. Schools should be shut till the last suspected case or patient is certified free of the virus,” the NMA said via a statement.
The association is suggesting that schools should not resume until December, or maybe even early next year because“…if Ebola should spread to any school, it will assume another dimension.”