The Ebonyi state government on Thursday ordered the closure of all public and private schools in the state to check the spread of lassa fever that broke out in the state recently.
The government says the closure is necessary to forestall a spread of the virus which has already claimed the lives of two medical doctors in the state.
“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,” said the commissioner of education, Prof. John Eke, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
“The schools will remain shut for seven school days to enable us monitor the situation and we appeal to parents, guardians and school authorities to comply with the directive.” Eke said.
The commissioner said a woman who was diagnosed of the disease on Wednesday has her kids in school. But, according to him, there is no cause for alarm.
“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,” he said.