June 22, 2024

Cholera: Oyo govt rolls out preventive measures in public schools


By Adeola Badru

The Oyo State government has implemented measures to prevent cholera outbreaks in public basic schools, advising headteachers to ensure that food handlers follow strict hygiene practices to prevent contamination.

The Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Aderemi Adeniran, handed down the instruction on Saturday in Ibadan.

He said: “The Oyo State government, through the Board, is on top of its game to ensure public basic schools are taking steps to ensure the health and safety of students.”

Adeniran equally urged parents, guardians, and school authorities to adhere to safety guidelines.

Dr. Adeniran said the board will work with Education Secretaries, HeadTeachers, and other stakeholders to ensure strict compliance.

The advisory emphasised the importance of hand hygiene, recommending that children carry hand sanitizers and frequently wash their hands with soap and water, especially before meals and after using the restroom.

Adeniran also recommended that schools keep Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS) available in school clinics to manage dehydration cases promptly and to notify the state emergency hotline, 615, immediately in case of any health emergencies or suspected cholera cases.

Adeniran said preventive measures, including comprehensive health talks on cholera prevention among learners and staff, and safe drinking water practices, will be conducted regularly.