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Schools to be disinfected

January 14, 2015 By Ibrahim Tarawallie

Deputy Director of the School Broadcasting Unit and Public Relations Officer in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has disclosed that the ministry will use one week to disinfect all schools across the country no sooner than the president and World Health Organization (WHO) approved the reopening of schools.

Brima Michael Turay told Concord Times in an interview at his New England Ville office in Freetown that the move was necessitated by the fact that some schools are being used as Ebola holding centers.

“Our plan is on course. Once the whistle is blown, we will first disinfect all the schools in the country because some of them are being used as holding centers and we don’t know those that Ebola patients have utilized,” he said.

He stated that the ministry has plans to provide thermometers – to test for temperature, buckets, water and sanitary materials to encourage hand washing and other hygiene practices among pupils, and the creation of holding centers in each school so that when a kid shows signs and symptoms of the disease, they will be isolated.

With regards the reopening of schools, Mr. Turay said President Ernest Bai Koroma has already instructed the Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Dr. Minkailu Bah, to start putting modalities in place ahead of the reopening within the shortest possible time.

He however stressed that even before the president gave instruction to the minister, the School Reopening Committee had been putting plans in place in anticipation of the reopening of schools.

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