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Ondo State government has intensified efforts to prevent outbreak of second wave of COVID-19 pandemic in the state, urging schools to activate monitoring teams in their domains.
Chairman, Inter-ministerial Committee on Coronavirus, Prof. Adesegun Fatusi, stated this in Ondo, yesterday, while leading members of the committee on inspection and sensitisation visits to some primary and secondary schools in the state.
Fatusi noted that many countries across the globe had been witnessing outbreak of the virus in its second phase, saying that efforts must be made to curtail its spread in the state.
He emphasised that the health and safety of students, teachers and members of the academic environment are paramount to the government, warning against clustering of students as way to curtail spread.
The chairman, therefore, emphasised the need for continuous sensitisation of the academic community on the need to be safety-conscious.
He urged the schools to uphold the principle of social distancing in their classrooms. He also appealed to parents to exemplify adherence to COVID-19 protocols in their homes, maintaining that they must provide students with necessary requirements to prevent them from contracting the virus.
Fatusi, who is also the Vice Chancellor of University of Medical Sciences (UNIMED), Ondo, assured that the committee would not relent at ensuring COVID-19 infection curve remained flattened in the state.
He said that any sick child should not be allowed to come to school, while any suspected case should be referred to the nearest health facilities immediately.