The Federal Government has said the opposition to the 22 September Schools resumption by the National Union of Teachers, NUT, is spurred by “irrational fears.” Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, the Minister of Health, averred the teachers’ fears lack scientific basis, thereby faulting their call for a postponement of the date. Chukwu spoke to journalists after the federal executive council meeting in Abuja.
Chukwu said: “First unlike other countries, there is no community transmission of the disease in Nigeria; not one yet. But we have taken precautions, what we are doing, we may as well have said everybody should just be moving about, but we are taking precautions.
“There is no scientific basis for school resumption to be postponed. There is no community transmission of the disease in Nigeria. That is what separates Nigeria from other countries. It is what I call irrational fear; we don’t need to be irrational about this.”
The NUT has threatened to go on strike should the Federal Government insists on the resumption date.
On the management of the Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, Chukwu said no patient found to have contracted the disease is currently being management at the Port Harcourt and Lagos isolation centers. He said the last ten patients, including the wife of the Port Harcourt doctor, Iyke Emenuo who died of the virus; his sister and a fiancé to a secondary contact, have been discharged from the isolation wards.