Akeredolu orders closure of schools over Coronavirus

Ondo state government has directed the closure of all primary and secondary schools as well tertiary institutions in the state as from Friday 20th, March, 2020 indefinitely because of Recruitment COVID-19

This measure is to harvest children into the safety net for proper monitoring and care.

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu gave the directive in a statewide broadcast.

He called on all residents of the state to obey and observe the simple, time tested and internationally accepted precautionary measures to fight this debilitating virus.

He said, “There is no doubt that this global pandemic poses a real challenge to all nations, yet if we all collaborate effectively, we will overcome it successfully.

“One major advantage that our state has is the experience and expertise we have developed over the years from our fight against Lassa fever and other infections.

” We believe this will place us in good stead at this critical period. It is therefore important for members of the public to remain calm, avoid panic and spreading of inaccurate information.

“We urge us all to fully embrace the hand washing exercise at every interval of our daily activities. We must avoid hand shaking and unnecessary social embrace.

” We must reduce or where possible, postpone, until further notice, ceremonies and other social gatherings.

“We urge us to avoid staying in overcrowded areas and avoid any unnecessary travels outside the state.

” It is important we engage in improved self and family hygiene as well as mobilise our community service providers including traders, drivers, butchers, bank workers, health workers to make use of face mask to cover the mouth and the nose when engaging in their daily activities”

To further strengthen capacity to respond effectively to this emergency, the state government also set up a high level inter-ministerial committee to coordinate state’s response to the COVID-19 challenge.

The committee which is chaired by the hon commissioner for health, has members cutting across relevant institutions and MDAS.The main term of reference of this committee is to activate, coordinate and drive the state response protocols.

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