Mike Odiegwu, Port Harcourt
Medical medical doctors below the auspices of Pediatric Affiliation of Nigeria (PAN) have warned in opposition to ongoing strikes to reopen faculties following the rising circumstances of COVID-19 pandemic within the nation.
PAN, in a press release by its President, Prof. Edward Alikor and Secretary Dr. Petronila Tabansi, mentioned the present upward pattern in COVID-19 infections, the evolving and altering scientific information concerning the pandemic don’t assist the decision to reopen faculties.
The affiliation named different components that ought to discourage the transfer because the capability of the well being system to shortly reply to sudden enhance within the incidences of COVID-19 and experiences of different nations the place reopening of colleges had lately been tried.
PAN mentioned: “Figures from Nigeria Centre for Illness Management (NCDC), present exponential rise in Covid-19 incidence and deaths. It might seem that Nigeria has, presently, not reached its peak incidence of the pandemic.
“Clearly, Nigerian well being care system is grossly ill-equipped to soak up sudden surges in circumstances of Covid-19 in our faculties. We’re nonetheless studying concerning the impact of Covid-19 within the human physique together with the long-term impact of the virus in varied organs, even in asymptomatic carriers together with youngsters.
“Ghana which reopened its faculties three week in the past has reported 55 new Covid-19 circumstances in college students of Accra Women Senior Excessive College alone inside two weeks of reopening”.
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The affiliation suggested the minimal situation to contemplate earlier than reopening of colleges needs to be regular and constant decline within the unfold of COVID-19 in most components of the nation.
PAN noticed that public well being physicians, infectious illness consultants and different baby and adolescent healthcare specialists weren’t consulted in arriving on the choice to presumably reopen faculties in September, 2020.
The affiliation mentioned: “PAN helps the continued closure of Nigerian faculties and urges the faculties ought to stay closed till circumstances are protected.
“The minimal criterion for contemplating the reopening of colleges in Nigeria needs to be a gentle and constant decline within the unfold of Covid-19 in most components of the nation.
“It’s then and solely then, we consider, that the opposite standards as laid down by the Tips for Colleges and Studying Services reopening after Covid-19 Pandemic Closures can now be thought of.
“Many mother and father now need to undertake the additional responsibility of controlling, defending and in some circumstances supervising the tutorial work of the kids, duties which have historically been shared with lecturers and college directors.
“PAN encourages these and would need our mother and father to treat their sacrifices, not simply as an obligation to their households however as a nationwide responsibility presently of warfare with coronavirus”.