Schools reopening: Ekiti orders random test for teachers, pupils ahead of resumption

Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi has directed a random sampling test for pupils and teachers to assess their risk level of COVID-19 infection ahead of schools’ resumption.

The governor expressed optimism that COVID-19 protocols would be strictly adhered to as pupils of Senior Secondary School (SS3) class preparing for West African Examinations Council (WAEC) will resume August 10.

He said resumption date for JSS 3 students and Primary 6 pupils would be announced later.

Fayemi, in a statewide broadcast yesterday, added that parents of the resuming students are to provide their wards with at least two face masks each as a prerequisite for admittance into their school premises.

The governor, who expressed concern over an increase in the rate of infection in the last one month in the state with 109 fresh cases, advised residents to learn from his COVID-19 infection and accept the reality of the pandemic.

The governor noted that Ekiti State had 43 positive cases with 28 treated and discharged. Stressing that with only 13 active cases at the beginning of July, the state now has 152 cases at last count, an increase of 109 cases in one month.

Fayemi attributed increase in cases to the random community testing exercise, which was made possible with facilities at the state-owned laboratory and the proximity to states with high incidences of confirmed infections.

The governor noted that lessons have been learnt from his experience with his own infection and isolation for 10 days.

Fayemi disclosed that his administration had distributed over 60,000 food packs to the poor and vulnerable in its drive to cushion the negative effect of COVID-19 pandemic.

He spoke on Wednesday in Ado-Ekiti at the kickoff ceremony of Coalition Against Covid-19 (CACOVID) Food Relief Programme for the state.

CACOVID donated food packs comprising 56,000 packs of Pasta; 28,000 packs of rice; 28,000 packs of Noodles; 28,000 sachet of salts; Sugar and Garri to the state government’s food bank.

A representative of CACOVID, Mr. Kayode Adejuyigbe, said the effort was part of the collective responsibility in the fight against COVID-19 in Ekiti State and Nigeria.


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