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Sch Reopen:Don’t play politic with children lives- WHO warns countries

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that countries should not turn schools into yet another political football in this Coronavirus pandemic, which it’s unfair on the children as government need to look carefully in the light of transmission to make decisions based on the best interest of the children be on their education or their health interests.

The Executive Director of WHO, Dr Mike Ryan disclosed this while responding to questions at the Press Briefing recently, he said the best and safest way to reopen schools is in the context of low community transmission that has effectively suppressed by broad base comprehensive strategy.

According to him, “We can’t move from lets deal with schools and then we deal with that for a week or two to then lets deal with workplace or then lets deal with the infection in the hospitals or long term care facilities.

“This is playing whack-a-mole, we have to focus on a comprehensive long term strategy that focuses on everything at one time. But we can’t turn schools into yet another political football in this game, it’s not fair on our children”, he said.

He added that government have to look carefully in the light of the transmission in any given country or any given setting. We have to make decisions based on the best interest of the children be on their education or their health interests and must be base on data, understanding the risks in the such specific setting in which the schools are.

“If we have suppressed the virus in our society, our community, then our school can reopen safely. There are countries around the world in which schools are reopening successfully and safely, because such countries have dealt with the real problem which is community transmission”, he said.


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