The Lagos State Government has directed the state Water Corporation to commence the connection of about 600 public schools in the state to its main supply of pipe borne water.
The government said this was part of measures to curtail the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease.
The Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye, said this on Thursday in Lagos at a sensitisation exercise on EVD for principals and head teachers of public primary and secondary schools.
She advised the school managements to inculcate in their pupils, the practice of washing their hands as a basic precaution against the virus.
Oladunjoye, who was represented by a Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mrs. Omolara Erogbogbo, said school managements needed to be proactive against the outbreak of the virus which had ravaged several West African countries.
She said, “As a government, we deemed it fit to put together this sensitisation exercise in order to guard against the spread of the virus, particularly among our pupils. For us to achieve overall success in containing the virus, it becomes imperative for us to educate ourselves so that whatever knowledge we garner can be used to stop the spread.”
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, in his remarks, said the importance of the exercise for stakeholders in the school management could not be over-emphasised, adding that schoolchildren remained vulnerable.
He said, “Children are very social beings that exhibit unhindered and carefree social interactions among one another such that limitations in contacts prescribed as a pillar of the EVD containment strategy is observed more in breach rather than compliance in these ones.
“It is for this reason that I agree with the Ministry of Education for organising this meeting.”