The Ebonyi State Government has ordered that all public and private schools in the State be closed, in other to check the spread of lassa fever that recently broke out in the state.
The Commissioner for Education , Prof. John Eke, in an interview in Abakaliki, stated that the order to close all schools was part of proactive steps taken to contain the spread of the disease in the state.
Prof Eke, noted that the State Government embarked on the measure to effectively control and contain the spread of the dreaded lassa virus which had claimed some lives including that of two medical doctors in the State.
He stated that, one of the ways to curtail the spread of the virus is to shut down schools for now because a woman was diagnosed with the virus, on Wednesday, January 17 and she has her children in schools.
He mentioned that the Government believe that one of the best ways to handle the situation is to shut down schools until they are sure that the pupils and students are safe.
According to him, schools will remain shut for seven school days to enable them monitor the situation and he appealed to parents, guardians and school authorities to comply with the directive.