The Federal government has decided to reverse the earlier extended date of resumption for primary and secondary schools from 13th October to the middle of September.
During the Federal Executive Council meeting held today, the Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu while Addressing State House correspondents, said the decision to review the extension of resumption date was based on the recommendation of a body of experts set up by the government to look into the extension of resumption dates for primary and secondary schools.
According to the Minister, the Minister of Education was directed by council to convene an emergency meeting with all states commissioners of Education in order to agree on when schools can resume nationwide.
Professor Chukwu while briefing the council on the status of the Ebola Virus in the country said that only two patients of the Ebola Virus Disease are under treatment in Nigeria with one each in Lagos and Portharcourt.
He said that since the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease in the country, a total of 18 persons have been infected, out of which 14 were in Lagos and 4 in Portharcourt. He further explained that while 8 patients have been successfully treated and discharged, seven persons incuding the Liberian American have so far died of the disease,
Professor Chukwu revealed also that out of the 361 persons that were under surveillance in Lagos, only 41 are still under surveillance while 320 hitherto under surveillance have been discharged from Lagos since the disease broke in Nigeria.
The Minister of Health further noted that, In Portharcourt, 255 persons are under surveillance adding that the corpse of the medical doctor who died in Portharcourt has been buried after being decontaminated.
On the fate of the Staff of the Economic Community of West African State (ECOWAS) staff who evaded surveillance and traveled to Portharcourt where he infected a doctor, the Minister said government was working on three options namely; strengthening the quarantine law, seeking advise from the Ministry of foreign affairs on what action to take on the ECOWAS staff as well as seeking legal advice from the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice on what legal action can be taken against him.
On the allegation that some Ebola cases have been reported in some states and Abuja, the minister said some of the speculations in the FCT and Cross Rivers turned negative while the case in Zaria, Kaduna state is still being investigated.
Professor Chukwu also pleaded with Nigerians to avoid spreading unsubstantiated report especially on the social media saying this was capable of creating unnecessary panic and fear amongst the populace.