The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has cautioned the Cross Rivers State Government against the planned resumption of Schools by next week Tuesday amidst the increasing cases of corona virus across the Country.
The association made its position known in a press release signed by its Chairman, Dr Agam Ayuk and the Secretary, Dr Ezoke Epoke on Saturday in Calabar.
The statement stated that the medical community saw no evidence to ascertain the actual COVID-19 status and disease burden in the state due to the “unacceptable” low level of tests.
The Association maintained that the quick resumption of schools, inspite of genuine reasons given by Government, has the potential of significant disease outbreak among students in Cross River State.
“The declaration by the Cross River Government on a trial resumption of three public schools in each of the three Senatorial Districts in the state to commence on June 16, 2020, is alarming”
The Association however, called for the adoption of educational technologies to provide remote learning opportunities and educational programmes for students in public schools in the interim.
According to the release, the technology which is currently being implemented by private schools should be encouraged until a national policy is introduced on the unified resumption of schools by the Federal Government.
Cross River State Government had announced planned to open three public schools in each of the three Senatorial Districts across the state on June 16.