Prevention is better than cure.

The Ebonyi State Government is not ready to take chances, so it has ordered the closure of all public and private schools in the state to check the spread of Lassa fever that broke out in the state recently.

The Commissioner for Education, Prof. John Eke, in a statement in Abakaliki, stated that the closure was part of proactive steps taken to contain the spread of the disease in the state.

According to him, government embarked on the measure to effectively control and contain the spread of the dreaded Lassa virus which had claimed some lives including two medical doctors and a nurse.

The commissioner, however, said that the Lassa outbreak in the state was not alarming, but noted that the closure of schools was done to check the disease spreading into schools.

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“First of all, I want to inform you that the issue of the outbreak of the Lassa disease is not at an alarming rate, and what we have done is to ensure that we effectively put the spread under control.

“Again, a woman (Wednesday), tested positive for the virus and this patient has her children in schools.

“We believe that one of the best ways to handle the situation is to shut down our schools until we are sure that our pupils and students are safe.

“The schools will remain shut for seven school days to enable us to monitor the situation and we appeal to parents, guardians and school authorities to comply with the directive,” Eke said.

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