BEVERLY HILLS, July 27, (THEWILL) – The governors of the southeast have asked teachers in the country to undergo compulsory COVID-19 test.
The Chairman of the Southeast Governors’ forum and Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, disclosed this at the Government House in Abakaliki, the state capital, while briefing newsmen of the outcome of the virtual meeting of the forum on Sunday.
Umahi said the forum also reviewing the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic in the region, adding that school infrastructures will be reviewed to support the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) protocols pending when the Federal government decides on when it is safe to reopen schools.
While urging the Igbo people to continue to comply with the COVID-19 protocols, the governor said eastern states will commence COVID-19 testing on every household, targeting people of 65 years and above.
The South-East Governors’ decision comes as the debate on whether to reopen schools amid the coronavirus pandemic continues.
On July 13, the federal government released guidelines for the safe reopening of school.
However, schools have remained closed across the country as the pandemic rages on.
Although the federal government relaxed restrictions to allow final year secondary school students prepare and sit for WAEC examinations, many have voiced concerns on the health implications of such a move.