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Published On: Wed, Sep 10th, 2014

Ebola: Kaduna to spend N116m on thermometers, training

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From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

Kaduna state said it has set aside the sum of N116 million to purchase 10,000 clinical thermometers and hold sensitization workshops for 13,000 school teachers on the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), across 23 local government areas of the state.

The state Commissioner of Education, Mohammed Ali disclosed this while declaring open the workshop and the subsequent distribution of the clinical thermometers for the Kaduna-Central senatorial zone yesterday.

The Commissioner said the state was not going to leave any stone unturned at ensuring that all that is required to prevent EVD in the state and particularly in the schools were provided.

“Kaduna state is perhaps the first to hold this sensitization workshop on Ebola virus prevention for schools, whereby 13,000 teachers will be trained on ways of preventing the virus that will take place in the three senatorial zones; between September 9, and September 16, and certainly before the schools resume on the new resumption date of September 22.

Earlier in his remarks, the Chairman State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Mr. Ishaya Dare Akawu, urged the teachers to take the issue of fighting Ebola Virus very seriously, emphasizing the need for a healthy learning environment and called on the teachers to inculcate the right attitude of hygiene in their schools and among their pupils/students.

Responding, the Kaduna State President National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), Dr. Vincent Ogini commended the government for coming up with the initiative, and pledged on behalf of the private schools to ensure compliance and also engage in robust sanitations and hygienic practices in their schools.

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