The Presidential Tax Force ( PTF) on COVID-19, has directed schools in the country to send pupils with respiratory symptoms consistent with Coronavirus (COVID-19) back home to reduce the risk of transmission.
The National Coordinator of the PTF, Dr. Sani Aliyu, gave this indication on Monday, at the COVID-19 national briefing in Abuja.
Dr. Aliyu, while speaking on school reopening, reiterated that schools should adhere strictly to pharmaceutical interventions, particularly screening and heightening awareness with regards to COVID-19, especially as there were worrying reports over outbreaks in some schools in Lagos State.
He said: “Any student presenting with symptoms consistent with COVID-19, particularly respiratory symptoms or fever, should not be allowed to come to school.
”When teachers notice a child with respiratory symptoms, the child should be sent back home so that we can reduce the risk of transmission.
”Just as it is important to communicate effectively with parents, staff, school health teams should be creating protocols and providing regular updates on any change to the school procedures as it relates to COVID.
“We encourage schools to continue to consider creative solutions to abide by our COVID guidelines including staggered learning to avoid overcrowding, platooning, daily attendance, and adjusting teachings among others.”
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed that 138 Corp members have tested positive for the Coronavirus pandemic