As the fight against the Coronavirus continues alongside the re-opening of schools, the Anambra State government has commenced the distribution of infrared thermometer to primary and secondary schools in the state, through the Ministry of Basic Education.
According to Prof. Kate Omenugha, the Commissioner for Basic Education who addressed the school Principals and Head Teachers of primary schools, she reiterated the State Government’s concern over the health condition of students and pupils of the state following their resumption amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. She noted that it was for this reason that the State Government deemed it fit to deliver the infrared thermometer to check the temperature of students, in line with precautionary measures to protect them from the virus. To this end, she urged them to effectively use the thermometer in their various schools.
Conversely, Prof. Vincent Okpala, the Commissioner for Health in his address admonished the Principals and Head Teachers to adhere strictly to the COVID- 19 protocols and make sure that each student or pupil is checked for possible detection. He also commended them for their readiness to join the fight against the coronavirus scourge.
On his part, Chief Patrick Ugboaja, the Chairman ASUBEB stated that the distribution of the thermometer which came off the training of the teachers on how to handle students and pupils on the occasion of resumption was due to the fact that many of the schools in the state did not have the infrared thermometer. To this end, he expressed his gratitude to the State Government for providing the thermometers.
Some of the teachers expressed happiness and gratitude to the state government and the Ministry of Basic Education. There was also voluntary testing conducted by COVID- 19 mobile testing team.
The event which held at Asubeb Hall, Awka was wrapped up with the distribution of the infrared thermometers by Professor Kate Omenugha in the company of Professor Vincent Okpala, Chief Patrick Ugboaja, and Lady Ify Okaro to the Principals and Head Teachers, who were charged to safeguard and make effective use of it.