The outbreak of Lassa fever which has killed three already with many others admitted to the hospital led to the shutting down of both public and private schools in Abakaliki -Ebonyi State for seven days. This was declared on Thursday by the State government saying that the shutting down of schools was necessary.
Prof John Eke, The State Commissioner for Education who made the announcement to newsmen in Abakaliki said that the decision was taken after a mother and her child tested positive to the disease yesterday. He further said the schools will be closed till next week Friday to ensure the safety of the lives of school children in the state cautioning parents to be observant of who they relate with and also keeping their surroundings hygienic.
Prof Eke said: “First of all, I want to inform you that the issue of the outbreak of the Lassa disease is not in alarming rate, and what we have done is to ensure that we effectively put the spread under control.
“Again, a women yesterday (Wednesday, Jan 17), was diagnosed positive of the virus and this patient has her children in schools.
“We believe that one of the best ways to handle the situation is to shut down our schools until we are sure that our pupils and students are safe.
“The schools will remain closed for seven school days to enable us to monitor the situation and we appeal to parents, guardians and school authorities to comply with the directive.”
Most students who didn’t have prior information about the new development were seen coming back from school today as their management asked them to return home.