Donald Dung is a Nigerian content writer and a final year student of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Jos, Plateau State.
Donald Dung currently writes for Healthforbes Media and has publicly spoken out on school resumption to the Federal Goverment and Plateau State Government respectively.
What is Coronavirus?
The World Health Organization, WHO, defines Coronavirus (COVID-19) as “A large family of viruses that are known to cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)”.
How can Coronavirus be spread?
From epidemiology and Virologic findings, the Coronavirus can be transmitted from an infected person to an uninfected person who are in close contact(at least less than 1meter from each other),through respiratory droplets,having direct contact with an infected person,or by contact with contaminated surfaces or objects.
How Can School Resumption Reduce Community Spread Of The Coronavirus?
Having known the ways at which this Virus is being transmitted, the next thing question that pops up in everyone’s mind is how can the transmission be prevented? or how can it be minimized?.
Now, i am about to journey with us through on path that can reduce the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is by school resumption.
It may sound like a day-dream or an illusion but it’s very realisable.
About 60% of most communities in Nigeria are students either in Nursery/primary schools, Secondary schools and tertiary institutions.
School resumption will give students(Especially younger students),more insight and enlightenment about the novel Coronavirus, how to prevent it and the signs and symptoms of the disease, which will go a long way in containing the Pandemic.
Also, school resumption will drastically lessen the burden of the number of persons roaming about the markets and streets as students have the highest percentage of most societies as at 2005, Nigeria has 60,188 public primary schools, 13,423 mixed public and private secondary in 2017 schools with 6.4million students enrolled in to public secondary schools as at 2005,which these figures may have exponentially increased as at 2020.
School resumption will also create innovative opportunities for students most especially in the tertiary institutions.
For exams; Pharmacy students should be given assignments and projects on the possible vaccines or drugs for treatment of the virus.
Engineering students can be assigned to design a Ventilator, Mass communication students can be assigned to make possible efforts to reduce the false rumours about the COVID-19 speculating around, all departments and courses can be modified in a way that will tackle the pandemic, there we will have possible solutions but it’s unfortunate that the Nigerian system doesn’t belief in its citizens/Students to come up with an innovation as the system always like to depend on imported products.
Measures To Be Put In Place By Schools As It Resumes
Every school should first be well fumigated and the school system be modified. For example for day secondary schools,SS3,SS2 and SS1 can come to school three times in a week while JSS1,JSS2 and JSS3 should go to school two times,this is in order for the purpose of social distancing as some of the students will occupy the empty classes and the classes be fumigated after school time for the next set,the tertiary institutions and primary schools can adopt a similar measure based on their classes arrange.
In addition,hand sanitizer suitable hand washing media should be available and temperature of students should be checked before they enter, which is very possible as the students are splited into sets, the number of students will be reduced,and makes all these measures feasible.
If possible, the Government should provide each school COVID-19 testing kits as there will be easy accessibility of people as they will be available in their various schools.
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By Dung Donald Malou