Covid-19: Students And Staff With Temperature Above 38° Should Not Be Allowed In Schools – NCDC

Following resumption of schools after the festive breaks, the  Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has asked school administrators not to allow individuals with temperature above 38°C access into school environments.

According to the centre, this is coming as one of the measures to curtail the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

This was reportedly disclosed in a situation report made available in Abuja.

The report read that, “The SARS-CoV-2 virus and its variants spread easily when people gather and/or come in close contact with one another.”

It noted that, “Therefore, as schools prepare to reopen amidst a fourth wave of the COVID-19 outbreak in Nigeria, the NCDC strongly urges schools to take adequate precautions to prevent a surge in the number of students and staff members infected.”

 It added that, “School administrators should ensure the following to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission within schools; daily temperature checks at points of entry. Those with a temperature above 38°C should not be allowed entry; avoid sharing of items such as pencils, biros, erasers, rulers, textbooks, etc; students and staff members who feel ill should remain at home and seek treatment at a health facility immediately.”

It maintained that, “Additionally, NCDC recommends the use of approved rapid diagnostic test kits in secondary school hostels and university campuses for testing of students and staff on school resumption and for those experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 during the school session.”

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