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Ebonyi closes schools over Lassa fever outbreak


Ebonyi State government yesterday shut down all public, private and mission schools following the outbreak of Lassa fever in the state.

The state government’s action, which would last for one week came after a mother and her child tested positive to the disease on Wednesday.

The outbreak of Lassa fever in the state had claimed the lives of health workers and left many critical at the Irrua Specialist Hospital.


Briefing journalists in Abakaliki, Commissioner for Education, Professor John Eke, said the shut down of the schools was necessary to avoid further spread of the disease.

He explained that to ensure the safety of the lives of school children in the state, the schools would remain closed till Friday next week and warned parents should be mindful of who they relate with and ensure that they keep their environments very clean.

A visit to some of the private and public schools showed that their managements were already on ground and are ready to cooperate with the government to ensure that those who came to school were asked to return home.

Most of the teachers lamented the outbreak of the disease, saying that they decided to comply with the state government’s directive in the interest of their children and the health of the people.

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