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PMB approves phase 3 of National Response on COVID-19 ...schools to reopen

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the 3rd phase of the National Response on COVID-19 pandemic outbreak in the country. The Secretary to the Government of the Federation and chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF), on COVID-19, Mr. Boss Mustapha, announced the president’s approval during the PTF daily briefing on Thursday in Abuja.

 

Speaking on the outcome of the meeting between the committee and the President, Mustapha said “Nigerians will all recall that at the onset of the eased lockdown, the PTF drafted a 3-phase strategy of easing the restrictions, ahead of a full reopening of the society and economy".

 

In determining what phase of the strategy to move to, the PTF tried to balance the public health and economic considerations alongside data analysis. The PTF believes that while Nigeria is not ready for a full reopening of the economy, there has been sufficient progress to warrant significant further relaxation of the restrictions applied.Based on the foregoing, the PTF today submitted its 7th Interim Report to Mr. President for his consideration and approval.

 



The main thrust of the recommendation is that Nigeria advances to the third phase of eased restrictions with further amendments, to address economic, socio-political and health concerns. This will last until a time when the epidemic is sufficiently controlled in Nigeria. Accordingly, Mr. President has considered and approved the following: Transition into the Third Phase of the National Response to COVID-19 for a period of four weeks with effect from 12.01 am on Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in line with amendments to address economic, socio-political and health considerations reflected in the implementation guidelines.



In the same vein, the National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Dr Sani Aliyu, has said that PTF had recommended the phased reopening of schools with the necessary mechanism for assessment and monitoring of compliance with non-pharmaceutical COVID-19 measures by every school.

 

For educational institutions, which include day care, primary, secondary and tertiary institutions. Educational institutions should begin the process of working towards potentially reopening within this phase. However, we strongly recommend that states conduct risk assessment to ensure that all schools are at a level of compliance and create a monitoring mechanism to assess, create and monitor this level of preparedness. Meanwhile, all day cares and educational institutions are to remain closed to in-classes until this level of risk is assessed. 

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