As part of its commitment to reduce the spread of COVID- 19 pandemic, the federal government has approved the deployment of 40,000 Environmental Health Volunteers (EHVs) in all the 19,000 WAEC centres nationwide.
The acting Registrar of Environmental Health Officers Registration Council of Nigeria (EHORECON), Dr. Yakubu Baba, stated this in Abuja yesterday during the decontamination and disinfestation of Federal Science and Technical College (FSTC) Orozo, in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC).
He noted that the health officers would enforce the social distance rules like compulsory use of facemasks and hand washing, as well as ensuring that the hand sanitisers and hand wash stations are provided in all the schools.
Baba pointed out that the exercise is a follow-up to the directive issued by the minister of Environment, Dr Mahmood Abubakar in Kaduna State, where he promised to deploy licensed Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) that would decontaminate and disinfest the 104 Unity Colleges nationwide.
The registrar hinted that Abubakar also directed that the ministry in collaboration with EHORECON, would set-up monitoring committee that would deploy a technology known as ATP machine to detect the efficacy of the decontamination chemicals used in the schools.
Baba disclosed that the ministry agreed on the need for private sector participation in the disinfestation and decontamination exercise in line with the directive of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, for a conducive learning environment for the students.
On her part, the principal of FSTC Orozo, Mrs Grace Kenneth was excited with the decontamination of the entire school premises by the ministry of Environment, adding that the exercise would guarantee conducive learning environment for the students.